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Landscape and Environmental Design Task Force

What are the green signs all about that my neighbors are posting on their lawns?

Have you noticed green signs posted on your CTC neighbors’ lawns and wondered what they are all about? You, too, can pick up a free sign at the office. The signs ask that no herbicides (used to kill weeds) are sprayed on the lawn in front of your house. The signs also show support for the Landscape and Environmental Design (LED) Task Force Committee’s efforts.
What is the LED Task Force Committee and what is their proposed plan? 
The LED Task Force Committee is made up of CTC residents, CTC managers, and outside professionals. Our goal is to create a more sustainable landscaping plan at CTC. Ideas include drastically cutting pesticide use, reducing the number of times the lawn is mowed, creating nature-based play spaces for children, and implementing low-maintenance prairie landscape into parts of CTC.
Some reasons to support this plan could include:

I am a resident with limited extra time; how will this plan affect me? 

We recognize that we belong to a busy community of people studying and working long hours, often while raising children. Our goal is notto create additional time-intensive work expectations for residents, but to create a longer-term landscaping plan that is more sustainable and cuts costs for residents.

A quick update: chemical-free lawn pilot sites 

How do other universities manage their land and reduce the use of pesticides?

You can play a role in helping with this project! We need to have more resident support! 

Any interested resident is invited to attend the next LED Task Force meeting on Tuesday, October 9 @ 5 pm in the CTC Community Center Fireplace Room. We will be meeting with the University of Minnesota Land Care (who currently manages our landscaping needs) to discuss landscaping practices. No landscaping experience necessary to attend! Please e-mailctc@umnctc.org for more information.