Water conservation has been and remains to be a priority at Chapman. We have completed several initiatives and have many more underway that demonstrate our commitment to reducing water use on our campus. We’ll share status updates on in-progress projects, details on completed projects, and educational resources on all things water conservation. Bookmark this page and check back for updates!
Conservation Efforts Since 2014
Chapman has taken several steps to reduce our water usage in the past eight years. Check out this article on Chapman’s completed water conservation initiatives to learn more.
We have begun drought-tolerant landscape development in nine key areas around campus. Each area is blocked off with yellow rope and marked with a sign indicating that drought-tolerant landscape renovations are underway. The drought-tolerant landscape site pictured is at Walnut Avenue near Pralle-Sodaro. We will be removing the turf (grass) in these areas and replacing it with drought-tolerant plants. Our team has identified low water use plants that can thrive in the dry Southern California climate while still achieving the Chapman landscape aesthetic.
The traditional spray irrigation systems, which can often be inefficient and result in significant water loss, will be replaced with drip irrigation systems, which allow for a more precise, permeating application of water to the flora.
Plant Palette Highlights
Our new drought-tolerant landscapes will introduce plants that are climate-adaptive, and in some cases, California native. Keep an eye out for plants such as red yucca, swamp milkweed, and rainbow bush.
Water Conservation – It Starts with You!
Chapman is accepting our personal responsibility in drought response and water conservation by taking measurable steps to reduce water use in areas we have the most control over. We hope that these efforts will encourage students, faculty, and staff to make efforts to reduce their water use at a personal level as well. Check out our water conservation tips poster to learn some quick tips on how to can conserve water at home.