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UT Austin’s Botanical Gardens Benefit Bees and Trees

Landscape Services’ vision to provide a welcoming habitat for Texas pollinators came to fruition in April 2016 when the existing Orchard, located at the northwest corner of San Jacinto and 24th Street, was expanded to attract and nourish the native bees, monarchs and other essential pollinators, who in turn help the orchard’s trees to thrive by moving pollen and fertilizing flowers, resulting in the production of fruits and seeds. Find out more as you view this photo album of the UT Orchard & Pollinator Garden Tour, a joint effort with the Jha Lab in the College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Integrative Biology, as part of the 2017 Campus Sustainability Week.

A second pollinator garden, located adjacent to the Texas Swim Center, was created in June 2017 as part of a campus beautification service project with the College of Natural Sciences. View photo album.

See and learn more when you visit the UT Orchard & Pollinator Garden’s Facebook page @UT Pollinators.

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Landscape Services Helps Medical District Earn SITES Gold Certification

February 1, 2018 - The Dell Medical District has achieved SITES Gold from the Sustainable SITES Initiative for significant landscape sustainability achievements. The Medical District earned the first SITES v2 Gold certification in Texas. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc., SITES is a comprehensive rating system designed to distinguish sustainable landscapes, measure their performance and elevate their value.

As part of the 16.2-acre development of Dell Medical School Phase, the project landscape designers collaborated with Facilities Services Landscape Services to revitalize the Waller Creek corridor to improve its ecological function. Landscape Services was involved in the site planning, including identifying trees for repurposing.

Restoration of the Dell Med portion of the creek corridor was an 18-month process that included removing invasive species, stabilizing the stream bank and revegetating the area with adaptive and native plants.Regional materials were used to reduce the energy expended for transportation, promote regional identity and support the local economy. Repurposed trees became part of the furnishings in the Health Transformation and Health Learning buildings, as well as in Dell Seton Medical Center.

Now, Landscape Services maintains most of the site. They employ sustainable methods that include use of manual and electric-powered tools rather than equipment powered by fossil fuel. The Landscape Services irrigation team monitors irrigation and oversees the reuse of rainwater and air conditioning condensate that were incorporated into the design and construction of the Dell Medical School.

Thanks to the landscape design and Landscape Services’ efforts, outdoor water use is expected to be reduced by more than 75 percent of what would be used without careful plant selection, soil restoration, irrigation monitoring and water reuse.

Dell Medical School highlights the revitalization project at https://dellmed.utexas.edu/hdb/waller-creek.

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