In an effort to curtail climate change, many businesses, cities and schools are looking for ways to curb their carbon emissions while cutting operation costs.
Northern Kentucky University on Friday announced they will set aside 4.8 acres of their property as “no-mow zones,” which means parts of campuses will be allowed to return to their natural state.
"No-mow zones" are nothing new, but are generally zoning rules where cities don't have to worry about upkeep — generally in low-trafficked areas.
In this case, the motivation for the new rules on NKU's campus is both environmentalism and reducing bills. Getting rid of constant upkeep of land reduces the university’s carbon footprint by decreasing the use of gas powered lawn mowers and fertilizers.
“Converting several low-visibility lawns on campus to no-mow zones will allow the grounds crew to re-allocate time to higher visibility areas,” Tess Phinney, NKU sustainability manager said in a statement. “NKU is among the first in our region to specifically designate areas that were once mowed lawns as 'no-mow zones' for the purpose of reducing our carbon footprint and allowing native flora and fauna to return.”
NKU’s four no-mow zones include:
Earlier this year, NKU released its sustainability strategy, outlining its strategies to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Other recent efforts by the university include:
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