The Grounds Department has been a campus leader in green initiatives. Thanks to the Grounds staff's efforts, Albion College recently received state recognition for its water and soil conservation programs.
Lawn and Landscape
- Installation of high-efficiency lawn sprinkler system. The sprinkler system uses Weather TRAK to collect ET data and predicts moisture loss in the air. This means grass is only watered when needed.
- Use of NatureSafe, a natural and organic fertilizer
- 99% of leaves are mulched into the grass around campus. This saves ½ pound of nitrogen a year. Went from throwing away 700 cubic yards of leaves to only 7 cubic yards
- Use of only biodegradable oil for landscape equipment, lawn mowers, etc. Terresolve
- Raising landscape plants. Landscape flowers on the south side of Bobbitt Visual Arts Center were all grown in our greenhouse from seeds.
Roads and Sidewalks
- Ice and snow removal all done in-house, no contracted work. Calcim Chloride solution is sprayed on sidewalks for effective de-icing and anti-icing results. Bought from Michigan Chloride Sales
- Creation of a natural dry well in the Octagon House parking lot. This lot is tipped to allow runoff to water the forest behind the Octagon House.
- Use of the world's first Voc-free, EPA recognized field marking paint, Pioneer Athletics, for athletic fields.
- Rain garden collects surface water from outdoor tennis courts. New in Fall of 2009