Landscaping at EPA Facilities
In order to conserve water, EPA strives to eliminate water used for landscape irrigation. EPA facilities use native and low-water plant species, so very few facilities irrigate the landscape.
- EPA’s Research Triangle Park Main Campus in North Carolina was designed to have minimal impact on the native woodland landscape. Native and drought-tolerant plants were incorporated within the landscaped design, and no irrigation is required.
- The Great Lakes Toxicology and Ecology Division in Duluth, Minnesota, converted two acres of lawn in front of the laboratory to northern boreal meadow, native to northeastern Minnesota. No irrigation is required to maintain the meadow, and only occasional maintenance is needed to control exotic species and remove unwanted plants.
In addition to these landscape irrigation water conservation projects, EPA is protecting pollinator habitats. Learn more about EPA’s pollinator habitat effort.