With one eye on a warming planet and the future of the North Shore, Cal Poly Humboldt is turning its attention to the ground with a new project designed to create a more resilient landscape in the face of climate change.

It’s called the Climate-Resilient Landscaping Demonstration Project and will be funded in part by a grant recently awarded by the Acceleration Fund from Second Nature, an organization dedicated to accelerating climate action in and around through higher education.

Cal Poly Humboldt was one of nine higher education institutions to receive a grant that supports climate action activities by colleges and universities. It also supports projects that advance decarbonization and/or campus-community partnerships and resilience Goals.

The Acceleration Fund was first introduced at the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. Funding for this third round was made possible by an anonymous foundation.

The Humboldt Project, one of many initiatives supporting the The university’s new climate goals– calls for planting native flora that can bounce back in a constrained climate future and at the same time reduce maintenance, save labour, water, fuel and in turn support local pollinators .

Climate action analyst Morgan King says the project also serves as a living lab that provides Cal Poly Humboldt students, now and in the future, with first-hand experience in climate research and development. environmental resilience.

For example, Climate Action interns Seth Beres and Shaye Grant, both specializing in environmental science and management, studied climate-resilient native plants and their benefits to local pollinators. Environmental education and interpretation students will also create content and signage for the project.

“Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to reducing its carbon footprint while protecting and enhancing the resilience of our local communities, so as to prepare our students with the skills and knowledge to navigate a climate-constrained world” , said Cal Poly Humboldt President Tom Jackson, Jr. . The Climate Resilient Landscaping Demonstration Project will be an example of this commitment, and we thank Second Nature and the Acceleration Fund for helping us make this project a reality. »

This project lays the foundation for the future while meeting the goals of the University’s climate action plan today, King said. “We can have a climate-adapted landscape that is aesthetically pleasing, reduces water, fuel and chemical use, and promotes pollinator health. This project will be a showcase and source of learning for campus planners and landscapers as well as our students.