Mount Saint Mary’s University of Los Angeles

Mount Saint Mary’s University of Los Angeles presents
Probing for Resilience Phase 2: Planting the Garden
Implementing plans developed during last year’s Pando Days season to replace traditional landscaping with native plants.

Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Chalon Campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University faces the direct consequences of climate change with an increased threat of wildfire and drought. The need for resilience and sustainability encouraged the Pando Days ‘22 team to use a data-driven approach to develop plans for transforming areas of lawn into native plant gardens. This year, the team is building on the designs created for the previous season’s project, working with campus agencies that can take the plans forward and actualize them. In this way, the team hopes to create a living laboratory of sustainable landscaping and create an educational community space with signage and pop-up events to inform and inspire others.

Faculty Leads:
Adriane Jones, John Deeb

Samantha Chajon, Deanna Solorzano, Michelle Tran, Andrea Garcia

Collaborating Partner:
Mount Saint Mary’s Unversity Facilities Management, Finley’s Landscaping

Aligned LA County Sustainability Plan Goals:
Goal 1: Resilient and healthy community environments where residents thrive in place. Goal 5: Thriving ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity.

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