Programs and Efforts – Ecology


The arboretum provides horticultural learning opportunities for the community and promotes education and diverse planting choices.

Earth Day Tree Planting

The proceeds from ink jet recycling are used annually to finance tree plantings on Earth Day.

Use of Native Plant Material

Native plants are used in landscaping for education and pest resistance opportunities.

Use of Salt Treatment

The EPA recently recognized SEACO’s “Ice B’Gone” salt treatment product with it’s distinguished DfE ( Design for Environment) Award. The University is using this product for roadde-icing. SEACO uses only organic, agriculture-based ingredients which are thenblended with chloride salts and applied to ice and snow-covered roadways. Thesepatented de-icing products are considered environmentally gentle because theyare biodegradable and contribute to a 30% reduction in salt use as well as a 70%reduction in corrosion to bridges, roadway surfaces, equipment and vehicles. Theblended product works much longer and in significantly lower temperatures thanuntreated salt, resulting in reduced salt use.

Water Saver Bathroom Fixtures and Low Flow Toilets

Water saving taps and shower heads installed throughout the University.
They can be found in dorms and office buildings and conserve water with a 1.6 gallon flush.

Recycle Wood to Mulch

Grounds department uses pruning debris and pallets ground into mulch for use in naturalistic landscape settings.

Integrated Pest Management Practices

The Integrated Pest Management Program at the University of Rochester manages the University’s horticulture environment. IPM pest management considers what is economically practical, socially and esthetically acceptable, as well as environmentally responsible. The results are a Campus with high quality plantings with fewer pesticide applications. Judicious cultural and fertilizer practices are other reasons for the excellent horticulture results. No prophylactic pesticides are used promoting beneficial insects and mites in tree canopies. In addition, regular overseeding promotes healthier turf resulting in the reduced demand for herbicides.