John Marlin (from Illinois Sustainable Technology Center) reported that the planting projects using SSC and ISEE grants are progressing well.
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Small Prairie at Natural Resources Building (In Progress)
This proposal seeks to support a prairie initiative at the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability. The institute will use its greenhouses to begin growing sustainable, native plants for use on campus.
- Native Plantings & Prairies
The Natual Resources Building is the site of another native species planting project, both in front of the building and behind it on Pennsylvania Avenue. This project is funded by the Student Sustaianability Project.
The front of the building is home to five plots of woodland wildflowers. Fifteen plant species are present in the plot behind the building, which was formerly covered in mulch. Many of these species are insect pollinators. Monarch butterfly larvae have been spotted at the plot. Staff and student volunteers from the Prairie Research Institute maintain the plots at the Natural Resources Building.