Putting the "green" in green and gold

Native gardens blossom on campus
Biodiversity is blooming in a greenhouse on the top of Science Hall. This sunny space is packed with native plant seedlings that are adapted to Michigan’s soil and climate. These plants are now featured in demonstration gardens all over campus. Efforts to “green” campus are led by the Detroit Biodiversity Network (DBN), a student organization working in cooperation with Facilities Planning and Management and the Departments of Biological Sciences and Geology. Student DBN leaders Natalie Lyon (Masters candidate, Urban Planning) and Adam Pruett (Masters candidate, Urban Planning) also partner with Friends of the Rouge, Sierra Club, Keep Growing Detroit, and the WSU Office of Sustainability to select and maintain planting sites. Bioswales, plantings of native vegetation, provide pollinator and wildlife habitat, manage stormwater runoff and even save on the university water bill!
These gardens aren’t just pretty – they are promoting research on campus as well. Sophomore Anastasia Alexandrova (Environmental Science) and Senior Steven Kopeck (Mechanical Engineering) are sponsored by the Richard Barber Interdisciplinary Research Program to collect data on soil and weather, water flow, and plant growth. They are collaborating with Drs. Shirly Papuga (Geology) and Tim Dittrich (Civil Engineering) on data analysis, and will present their findings at the American Geophysical Union conference.
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Putting the "green" in green and gold 11/28/2018
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