Sustainability Corner: Looking on to 2018

By Jack Vargo
Grounds Supervisor

Storm drains around Riderwood will receive new labels to remind everyone on campus that those drains eventually lead to the Chesapeake Bay (Photo by Chris Taydus)

Happy holidays from the Riderwood Grounds Department. As we wrap up 2017 and prepare for 2018 we wanted to take a moment and reflect back on a few endeavors we have been working on to support the Riderwood Sustainability Committee. As you can imagine most of our duties keep us out on the campus grounds daily and we see all sorts of opportunities each day. Over the past year, we have taken steps to work with our contractors to recycle even more of our grass clippings right back onto the grounds. This practice allows the nutrients to be returned to the earth, thus saving us fertilization needs. We have also changed our dry lawn fertilizer over to an organic blend. We were also thinking about water run-off and drainage and we have created new stencils that we will use in the spring to mark our storm drains with a reminder that all our drains lead to the Chesapeake Bay.

We also wanted to be sure to consider our avian neighbors while undertaking efforts for the committee; thus we are working with a group of residents in regards to creating a possible set of guidelines for feeding our feathered friends thru out the campus. We are currently working on this and hope to be able to make some announcements soon regarding this endeavor. Some folks may not know this but we have also been helping to install, relocate and repair the bluebird houses throughout the grounds.

We hope you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season and we are looking forward to new adventures in 2018.

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