New Sustainable Landscapes Trail Highlights Green Infrastructure on Campus

Sourced from the Cornell Daily Sun

A new trail opened on Oct. 5 that will allow students and other community members to walk by a parking lot that filters stormwater, Mann Library’s green roof and other sustainable sites.

Cornell’s new Sustainable Landscapes Trail features various sustainable landscaping projects around campus as a part of the Climate Action Plan, which is the University’s plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.

The trail has been in the works for nearly three years, according to Prof. Nina Bassuk, horticulture, who came up with the idea for the trail project. The project was planned and implemented by the Land Focus Team, a group of 8 to 9 graduate students and faculty within the President’s Sustainable Campus Committee.

The goal of the trail was to bring attention to sustainability projects around campus, Bassuk said.

“We decided to develop the trail to visualize the environmental benefits that are inherent in some of the landscape practices we use,” Bassuk said in an interview with The Sun.

The trail features 19 stops, marked by posts with QR codes that lead to a descriptive webpage about the individual project and how it contributes to Cornell’s sustainability goals, Bassuk explained.

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