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Water-Saving Landscaping

Sign #6 – Water Efficiency - Native planting such as that around this building saves the college how many gallons of water by reducing the amount of required irrigation?

picture of waterLocated on nearly 80 acres of land, the SBVC campus hosts a variety of sustainable landscaping features from large plots of grass to dozens of varieties of trees, shrubs, flowers, and more.

When planning for the new Physical Sciences building, the landscape architects were challenged with selecting plantings that would lessen the need for irrigation and high-touch upkeep. Plants for the project were selected to create a "native" plant palette that could withstand summer droughts.

In just the month of July, the native planting and overall landscape strategy around the Physical Sciences building saves the campus 660,602 gallons of water –especially important as July is the driest month of the year.

Plantings around the PS building include:

* Festuca rubra (Red Fescue)
* Baccharis pilularis (Twin Peaks Dwarf Coyote Bush)
* Rhamnus Californica (Coffeeberry Bush)
* Cercis Occidentalis (Western Redbud)