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Campus Water Conservation

Campus Water Conservation

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden staff continue to cut back on landscape water use, over and above the reductions mandated by the State of California and the University of California Office of the President. These articles provide further details about how our teams approach water resource conservation in our campus landscapes.


UC Davis Annual Sustainability Report released

Thu, October 15, 2015
Read the 2015 UC Davis Annual Sustainability Report about the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's efforts to conserve water through our Learning by Leading internship program, updated landscape irrigations and new approaches to designing our campus landscape.

Conference features campus water conservation expertise

Thu, August 06, 2015
Our Grounds and Landscape Services team, part of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, hosted the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) School of Grounds Management Summer Conference on August 3-5, 2015.

Weathering the drought: on campus and at home

Wed, July 01, 2015
Over the past year the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden has managed to cut back water use across campus by over 30% from 2013 — that is already well above Governor Brown’s recent 25% water reduction mandate. Read more about how we accomplished this using targeted tree care, irrigation improvements, lawn conversions and using regionally-appropriate plants!

FAQ: UC Davis campus landscape irrigation during drought

Thu, June 04, 2015
While every unit on campus is working to conserve water, the information in this article addresses how the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is working to conserve water in its landscapes throughout campus as well as in the Arboretum.

H2Oaks? Campus trees get their own Camelbacks

Tue, May 19, 2015
Teams from the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s grounds and landscape services team have started irrigating our younger trees with slow-release watering bags — a fancy description for those big green zippered sacks starting to appear at the base of young trees throughout campus.

Campus turf reduction planning

Fri, April 24, 2015
Last year, thanks to a variety of water conservation efforts implemented by our Arboretum and Public Garden team, our campus was able to reduce our landscape water inputs by 31% — 6% more than Governor Brown’s 25% water reduction mandate — but we are still planning to do more.

Help prepare for the Governor’s statewide water reduction mandate

Mon, April 06, 2015
If you didn’t feel the threat of this record-breaking drought affecting your life, that all changed on Wednesday with Governor Brown’s first ever issuance of a state of emergency drought declaration mandating statewide water reductions and calling for the replacement of 50 million square feet of lawns throughout California with drought-tolerant landscaping.

UC Reseachers: How low water can our landscapes go?

Fri, November 14, 2014
UC researchers study a variety of plants at the UC Davis Plant Science field research station to test plants' ability to thrive with different levels of water.

Water conservation featured in Sustainability Showcase

Fri, July 11, 2014
The Sustainability Showcase, located in one of the main hallways of the Memorial Union, features revolving exhibits highlighting actions our campus units have taken to improve our sustainability. The exhibits may be about conserving our natural resources, being creative with our reuse, engaging with the community, or all of the above.