Macalester Today Spring 2011

green grounds
green grounds

WITH THE WHOLE MAC CAMPUS going green, it makes sense that its grounds wouldn’t be far behind. Below is the first draft of a sustainable landscape master plan for the Macalester campus.

The last landscape plan dated to the early 1980s, according to facilities services director Mark Dickinson, and was no longer guiding plantings and other work. The need to use appropriate plant materials, to deal with storm water, and to manage the grounds more sustainably were all considerations behind this new plan.

Although high maintenance turf will be replaced in lower use spaces, it will be preserved in large open areas, such as in front of Old Main, which are frequently used by the campus community.