Sustainability

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

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Margarent Brent Relocation

Meadows

Meadow Plan

Here at St. Mary's College of Maryland we have implemented a mowing reduction program to restore natural meadows on campus in order to provide a positive effect on the environment and to reduce labor hours.  By reducing the mowed areas we estimate a 64 man-hour reduction in monthly labor hours.  Some areas of campus will not be mowed at all and other areas will receive only periodic cuts, once in the late spring or early summer and once again in the fall.  This ‘cut-back' in grass cutting provides a green win-win situation by enhancing the environment and reducing costs.  Reduced mower usage will provide immediate environmental benefits, including improved air quality with a decrease in carbon-fuel emissions created by gas and diesel powered mowers.  There will also be long-term effects of reduction in mowing including improved water quality; meadow plants and trees decrease storm water runoff better than mowed turf, allowing for better groundwater recharge and reduced sediment in bodies of water.  As well as improved air quality; the growth of more trees and plants will result in the further removal of carbon dioxide, which will replenish oxygen and reduce the effects of green-house emissions.  Meadows will provide wildlife habitats.  Meadow plants and trees attract small animals, birds and insects that are an important part of our ecosystem.

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