The University of Kansas is committed to sustaining the campus landscape and open space by developing and implementing plans, practices, and educational opportunities aimed at enhancing the aesthetics, function, and historic context of the landscape.
Goal 1: Preserve campus and community culture, history, and space
Objective 1.1: Preserve and enhance historic landscapes and open spaces on campus
There are many outdoor historic and cultural spaces at KU that help preserve KU's sense of place and ties to history.
Strategy 1.1.1: Prohibit development on KU’s historic and cultural landscapes and open spaces
Strategy 1.1.2: Preserve outdoor memorials and sculptures that enhance the campus landscape through a protection, maintenance and replacement program
Strategy 1.1.3: Create opportunities for donors to contribute to the preservation and beautification of the campus landscape in accordance with the Policy on Plaques and Gifts within the Campus Landscape
Goal 2: Maintain the campus landscape using sustainable practices
Objective 2.1: Reduce the negative impacts of landscape maintenance practices
Unsustainable landscape practices pollute soils and stormwater runoff thus negatively affecting people and ecosystems downstream.
Strategy 2.1.1: Continue to reduce the use of chemicals such as herbicides and ice melt on the campus landscape by exploring environmentally friendly alternatives
Strategy 2.1.2: Reduce dependence of gasoline-powered maintenance equipment
Strategy 2.1.3: Develop guidelines to reduce the amount of top-soil loss during new construction and redevelopment projects
Strategy 2.1.4: Use climate adaptive plantings to reduce the need for maintenance such as the use of chemicals, gasoline-powered equipment and irrigation
Objective 2.2: Mitigate heat island effects
Elevated temperature from urban heat islands, particularly during the summer, can negatively affect a community's environment and quality of life.
Strategy 2.2.1: Minimize the square footage of paved area where possible
Strategy 2.2.2: Use high albedo surfaces such as light colored pavements and green roofs where feasible
Goal 3: Reduce stormwater runoff
Objective 3.1: Adopt responsible stormwater management practices.
Impervious areas reduce the amount of rainwater that can naturally infiltrate into the soil. An increase in the volume and rate of storm water runoff leads to more frequent and severe flooding, stream bank erosion, and poor water quality.
Strategy 3.1.1: Update the existing Stormwater Master Plan to include best management practices
Strategy 3.1.2: Increase the square footage of rain gardens, bioswales and climate adapted plantings on Main Campus
Strategy 3.1.3: Reduce the square footage of non-permeable pavements on campus by converting pavements to permeable surfaces
Strategy 3.1.4: Develop building standards that encourage or require green roofs
Objective 3.1: Capture stormwater for irrigation
Water is a finite resource and using treated water consumes energy.
Strategy 3.1.1: Determine opportunities and limitations for using non-potable for campus landscaping
Strategy 3.1.2: Use existing underground stormwater storage to collect stormwater runoff