California Lutheran University Projects Stress Water and Cost Reduction

California Lutheran University (CLU) has recently developed two projects that focus on water and cost reduction across campus. With one project CLU is creating new outdoor learning spaces by replacing grass with drought-tolerant native plants. The college's grounds-keepers installed native plants in a teaching garden near a residential area not only to save water, but also to offer choices for homeowners who are ready to remake their yards.
CLU students are also working to promote water conservation through a new student-initiated campaign: "Take CHARge". The goal of this campaign is to get Thousand Oaks residents to save water by using biochar. Biochar is a soil amendment made from charred and shredded plant waste that not only reduces the need for water and fertilizer but also improves plant health.