University of Utah Adapts Landscape to Climate Conditions

  July 20, 2015

Grounds managers in drought-stricken areas and dry, hot climates often turn to native plants and other landscaping elements to reduce the impact of water use at their institutional and commercial facilities.

The University of Utah is undergoing such a transformation this summer by adding 30,000 square feet of landscaping that better fits the state's climate.

"We started looking at this more than a decade ago — ways we can use less water — and that's through a variety of tactics and what we're focused on right now is areas of landscape that could be converted," Shireen Ghorbani of the university's facilities management staff, told Fox 13 TV in Salt Lake City.

Plans call for replacing area of turf grass with rocks, native plans and wood chips and mulch. University officials say the changes are reducing water use by as much as 60 percent.

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