Summer in Minnesota brings plenty of sun-soaked lawns and vibrant flowers to Macalester’s campus. But there’s more than aesthetics behind the landscaping. As part of the college’s 2011 Sustainable Landscape Master Plan, most areas on campus are filled with native plant species that minimize the use of fertilizers and pesticides. The planting of drought-tolerant and low-water-use plants reduces the use of potable water in landscaping, while greater use of pervious pavements is cutting down on storm water runoff.

The side benefit: campus feels like a beautiful park between two great cities.

June 27 2019

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