Grounds Keeping

If you’ve ever walked around our campus you know how beautiful it truly is!

Grounds Services, a division of Facilities Management, here at Brock University is a champion in the field of sustainability and work hard to keep our campus beautiful while being as sustainable as possible. We are often asked about how we keep our campus so green and there are a number of ways we do this.

We conserve irrigation water in a several ways:

  • Our watering systems are automated. Scheduling is monitored regulated as precipitation rates change.
  • We prioritise where we water and we only water as required. The varsity fields are our top priority.
  • All of our systems have rain and wind sensors which shut the systems down under these conditions.
  • We usually water only at night.

We do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle while keeping our campus green:

  • Compost – we passively compost any landscape organic materials on site and use the finished compost on campus. We purchase finished municipal compost (the product of your home green bins) to use as a soil amendment and for top dressing turf areas.
  • Wood Chips – brush from tree work on campus is chipped and used as mulch.
  • Natural Areas & Native Plants – along with our Escarpment Lands we have a number of other natural areas and long grass areas on campus that are maintained following sustainable practices. These areas are only planted with native plants. Elsewhere plant species are chosen with native species as a first priority and only non-invasive non-native species would be chosen.
  • We do use fertilizers in maintaining the campus landscape and sports fields. We do not however use pesticides and have not since 2002 (pesticides includes herbicides/weed killer, insecticides, fungicides etc.).