Campus Grounds and Environment
Evergreen's campus grounds are comprised of approximately 300 developed acres in the campus core, surrounded by 700 acres of undeveloped forest land that serves as a living laboratory for campus programs.
Grounds maintenance practices
Chemical herbicides and insecticides are not used on campus landscaping. Any proposals for chemical use in landscaping must be reviewed by the Campus Land Use Committee. Chemical applications in or on the buildings require the approval of Evergreen's Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator. The college's pest management contractor practices Integrated Pest Management.
Forest zones and engagement
The natural features of Evergreen's campus are valuable as an academic resource in their own right. These features also contribute to the quality of life on campus in many ways and create a buffer between the college and the surrounding area. Sizable portions of the campus land area shall be preserved as undeveloped land areas with minimum habitat destruction for the purposes of academic study, minimization of resource expenditures, and the protection of ecological functions. (Campus Master Plan, Policy 6)
The college's stormwater runoff infrastructure and plan have been created to minimize disruptive flows of water and contaminants into campus waterways and Puget Sound. The issue of surface water is particularly relevant because the college is located on the Cooper Point Peninsula, with extensive waterfront on the Eld Inlet. The college focuses on many environmental issues, not least of all clean water, and it has set a good example in minimizing its impact on the inlet by maintaining a largely undeveloped, heavily forested campus. The undeveloped portions of the college property have been set aside as reserves — Ecoforest/Ecoagriculture area, Old Forest Area, Geoduck Beach and Grass Lake wetland area — which are key to the health of the campus watershed. The Geoduck Beach is both the most ecologically important and heavily visited reserve area. The 3300 foot waterfront is home to a wide variety of shellfish, and because it has been protected, it is a valuable resource for education on marine ecology. However, it is a popular destination for students and community members, and it is bounded on its eastern end by the mouth of Snyder Creek, the primary outlet for campus runoff.
The college has established several teaching gardens around campus to provide students with opportunities to learn about the value and care of northwestern native plants.