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Lawn Replacement

Posted 09/19/03, by Noah Tsika

Andy Friedland (right) and Scott Stokoe

A team of environmentally conscious professors, staff members and students planted a plot behind Sherman Fairchild Physical Sciences Center with wildflowers in May, and is encouraging the College to consider doing the same in other low-traffic areas of campus. "Most lawns have just two or three species of grass, and here we've planted at least 25 species of wildflowers," said Andy Friedland, Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies (right), who, with Scott Stokoe, Organic Farm Manager (left), organized the effort. "I think there are many outlying areas of the campus that do not have to be kept in grass." The team worked with the permission of Facilities Operations and Management when it planted three pounds of wildflower seed over 4,000 square feet of ground. The benefit to the environment and the College's budget is manifold, Friedland said. Wildflowers need to be cut only once a year, rather than once a week for grass. This reduces the use of fossil fuels, emission of air pollution and the cost of labor. The flowers also don't need to be watered, and they support a greater variety of insect life, and besides all that, they're pretty. The Environmental Studies Program's administrative assistant, Anne French, said several people have told her how much they like the flowers, and that she sees three or four times as many butterflies, bees and other insects in that area as last year: "It's just full of life."

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