Prepping for Our Drought Tolerant Landscaping Presentation

By Grace Olson

This week we are preparing for our big presentation on drought tolerant landscaping, which will be Friday, April 18 on the Hill. Some notable attendees of Housing and Hospitality Services will be the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Pete Angelis, and the Sustainability Director, Aliana Lungo-Shapiro. The goal of our presentation will be to initiate drought tolerant landscaping on The Hill as a result of our team’s survey research, which has shown unanimous support for drought tolerant landscaping implementation.

Our team sees this meeting as a key element in the “Action Research Team” model. When we selected projects aiming to help reduce UCLA’s water use, our core focus was on action projects that could be feasibly implemented, not merely researched. Since the previous ART Water team indicated student support of drought tolerant landscaping, we decided to focus specifically on an in-person survey for The Hill, and even asked students what type of drought tolerant plants they preferred. We received overwhelming feedback in strong support of drought tolerant landscaping, especially when students knew of UCLA’s goals to reduce its water use. Our research has enabled us to continue to work with the UCLA administration and pass on this information in order to see a change in UCLA’s landscaping, and ultimately, a change in UCLA’s water use.

De Neve student housing on The Hill. As you can see, the landscaping is not drought tolerant. Our goal is to convert the landscaping shown here to examples shown in our survey.

De Neve student housing on The Hill. As you can see, the landscaping is not drought tolerant. Our goal is to convert the landscaping shown here to examples shown in our survey.

The presentation will include the findings from our survey, as well as recommendations for future action. Last quarter, we wrote an in depth report summarizing our survey findings, and we created a PowerPoint presentation. Now, we are finalizing our PowerPoint and practicing to ensure that our presentation will be high quality so that we represent ART and the greater water community well.

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