When the topic of sustainability comes up on college and university campuses, the conversation often shifts to the indoors, such as, recycling or energy
conservation. However, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) took another big step in acknowledging the importance of the outdoors in a campus sustainability plan by releasing the How-To Guide, “Promoting Sustainable Campus Landscapes.”
The publication, created in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, is intended for a diverse audience including students, grounds and landscape staff, campus landscape architects, campus facilities management, sustainability officers, and campus environmental or sustainability committees. This audience includes both non-technical and technical individuals – anyone on campus interested in developing and delivering landscape programs to the public and who might stand to benefit from guidance on communications, events, and engaging others.
“I can unequivocally say that this guide is a ‘must have’ instructional tool that will be beneficial for any person, group or organization that values the role of trees and natural systems and views them as integral elements for sustainable campus landscapes,” shared Joe Jackson, past president for the Professional Grounds Management Society.
We are excited to note that Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA program manager, Mary Sweeney, played a vital role in the creation of this guide.