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Land Management

With a 350-acre campus, the University of Richmond makes every effort to manage its land in an effective and sustainable manner. We believe that a combination of creating new environmental programs, enhancing the land we already have, and involving the community in our efforts will be the most constructive way to create a more sustainable campus.

Key land-management projects include:

  • Operating as a certified Nutrient Management Site under the auspices of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which imposes strict standards of herfertilizer use
  • Hosting an on campus organic community garden
  • Prioritizing native and adaptive species in permanant on-campus plantings
  • Composting landscape waste in an off-campus location
  • Using shovels and Magnesium Chloride (MgCl)  on walks and Sodium Chloride/Rock Salt (NaCl) on roadways to limit environmental impacts from snow and ice removal
  • Using non-potable water for irrigation at the baseball field and when required in other parts of campus
  • Adhering to weather-informed irrigation
  • Not installing any irrigation systems at new construction sites
  • Continuing the operation of a 50-acre, off-campus land parcel as an organic farm operation, producing feed for organically certified cattle
  • Investigating opportunities for improving the local watershed, including Gambles Mill Trail retrofit projects, transportation changes, community outreach programs, and other projects, including those identifited in the Campus Master Plan

For more information on land management at Richmond, contact Andrew McBride at (804) 289-8600.

Community Resources

Maintaining a chemical free lawn will create a healthier and safer outdoor space at home and will help to protect our local watershed. National Wildlife Foundation provides guideance for chemical free lawn practices. Chemical free lawns also help to preserve the Chesapeake Bay. For information about finding the right type of planting for our region, please contact the local extension office.