SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING AT NYU
In integrating green spaces to NYU's Washington Square campus, NYU seeks to manage these spaces sustainably to be conscientious of environmental impact.
distinct outdoor green spaces
trees on or adjacent to NYU's properties
To achieve this objective, NYU has implemented the following practices to our landscaping operations:
- Introduction of native plant species
- Eliminating chemical fertilizers
- Integrated pest management
- Water conservation
- Reduction of lawn areas
- Sustainable soil management with double digging, composting and mulching
- Eliminating gasoline powered maintenance tools
BENEFITS OF SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING
Sustainable landscaping offers environmental and health benefits to the NYU community, as well as the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood. Through the efficient use of local resources and sustainable gardening practices, landscaping at NYU has contributed to the reduction of air, noise, and water pollution in the Washington Square area.
- Biodiversity in plant habitats fosters a more balanced, disease-resistant ecosystem.
- Local fauna populations can rebound when supported by plant communities they share an evolutionary history with.
- Gardens reduce noise, air pollution and storm water runoff.
- Organic fertilizers are made from renewable sources and are non-toxic.
- Sustainable landscaping at NYU provides research opportunities for NYU’s programs in Environmental Studies and Food Systems.
- Sustainable gardening at NYU can become an example for gardeners seeking methods to reduce their water use and eliminate the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
- Native plants evoke the natural history of our area.
- Studies show that seeing a garden every day reduces stress.
- Chemical-free gardens reduce people’s exposure to toxins.
Additionally, NYU Grounds has a commitment to not use gas-powered maintenance equipment.
GREEN SPACES AT NYU
On this contemplative tour of the small plots tucked between NYU buildings, Grounds and Waste Management Director, George Reis explains how plants bring quiet dignity to an urban existence.