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Office of Sustainability

Outdoor Environment and Natural Resources

Hofstra University recognizes the value of green space as a key component of a healthy campus.  Well planned open space contributes to the quality of life on the campus by supporting its many social, educational, ecological, recreational and aesthetic needs.  The University is committed to preserving, protecting, restoring and enhancing the natural landscapes that contribute to a balanced open space system on campus.

The University is also committed to supporting our various natural resources and habitats present on campus lands and waters.  These goals are addressed by:

  • "Right Plant in the Right Place" landscape design.  This results in the eliminating of invasive species and reduces the energy required to maintain the grounds.
  • An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program has been in use for over 20 years.  IPM is an ecological approach that significantly reduces the use of pesticides by utilizing "safety use" pest control measures.
  • Organic fertilizers and slow release nitrogen products are used in order to reduce water pollution sources and cut down on nitrogen and phosphate leaching.
  • The Bird Sanctuary is a two acre site whose purpose is to recapture a lost habitat for our avian friends.  It was created from a New York State Department of Transportation recharge basin (or sump) as a model to other communities. 

What can you do?

  • Please refrain from littering on campus.  Your can help to keep our environment clean and green.