Native Landscaping Team Photo Stream: Spring 2018

By Chloe Ney, Hogan Fenster, Kyle Crowley, Jeonghyun Lee, Mike Peters, Lea Le Rouzo, and Audrey Salinger. Edited by Melissa Ikeda. 

The 2018 Sustainability Action Research Native Landscaping team has a lot of ground to cover as they analyze ways to make UCLA’s campus more native plant friendly. See what the team has been up to during Spring Quarter 2018!

Week 1: Jumping back in! 

Hogan explains his idea for our Earth Day Fair booth activities. The Native Landscaping booth will have a wheel of fortune featuring California native plants, and California poppy seeds will be given to winners!

The team discusses our three-pronged plan for coming up with landscaping recommendations during Spring quarter. This comprises a native plant palette/map for UCLA, a case study on underutilized spaces, and reaching out to other campuses for advice.

Week 2: First data collection day!

During our stakeholder meeting this week, we were able to see all of the succulents that Bonny has for us to use for the Earth Day Fair.

Our first data collection day! Hogan measuring the area of an under-utilized grassy space near Kerckhoff patio with the measuring wheel.

Week 3: Earth Day Fair!

UCLA SAR Native Landscape team (with assistance from Grad Housing project) participated in the Earth Day fair at Dickinson court with a fun and educational spinner trivia about native plants with winners getting native poppy seed bombs and seed packets. 

 

The UCLA SAR Native Landscape team booth at Earth Day drew a sizable crowd all day and helped educate fair attendees on the importance and diversity of native plants and their benefits to the ecology of the campus, as well as in reduced maintenance and water costs. 

Week 4: Assessing the native landscaping on campus.

The SAR native landscaping team checking out the native and drought tolerant plants near the engineering 6 building!

Week 6: Making strides!

A student walks past a wall covered in invasive ivy, that while it makes a great decoration, can spread quickly and strangle other plants out of a viable habitat; it also takes a lot of manpower to keep it at bay!

 

The Native Landscaping team sits under a solar umbrella to charge their devices as they discuss the team’s plans for Week 6 and the rest of the quarter!

Week 7: Survey Event!

On Monday May 14th, the SAR Native Landscaping & Biodiversity Team held its official Native Landscaping Survey event in IOES. The survey took about 15-20 minutes to complete, and asked questions that aim to better understand campus knowledge and opinions about landscaping at UCLA.  After completing the survey, students and staff were invited to snack on pizza outside on the IOES patio and to take home a succulent. If you are affiliated with UCLA and are interested in participating in our survey, you may do so using the link provided: SAR Native Landscaping Survey

Week 8: Working Hard

The Native Landscaping team working hard to put together their final product!

Week 9: The Final Stretch!

The team discusses the cost of maintaining landscapes of various locations on campus in a meeting with Chris Gallego and Raul of Landscaping and Grounds at Facilities Management. 

 

Raul gave us a tour of the storage where landscaping equipment and vehicles are stored. We learned that native and drought-tolerant plants not only minimize water usage, but also reduce the labor costs and health risks associated with maintaining the landscapes on campus. 

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