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Campus Projects and Actions

ETSU Sustainability

ETSU has committed significant resources to making the college buildings and grounds sustainable for future generations.

 Watch a video featuring campus arborist Travis Watson speaking about the Dwarf Conifer Garden!

Group of children planting a tree

ETSU is finding new and
innovative ways to maintain the landscape including using environmentally safe equipment and processes, planting native plants, recycling all reusable materials, capturing water for irrigation use, using permeable paving materials in parking lots, etc., all while striving to enhance the appearance of the campus.


Existing practices:

  • Composting leaves for use in landscape bedsBushes cut to spell out ETSU
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Planting of native or disease-resistant varieties
  • Encouraging plant diversity
  • Elimination of invasive plants
  • Using local nurseries and businesses
  • Using organic fertilizers and biostimulants
  • Installation of rain gardens and bioswales to reduce storm water runoff
  • Installation of a pollinator garden 

  • Update current maintenance vehicles and equipment to use alternative fuels
  • Use more organic fertilizers
  • Continue to educate workforce
  • Coordinate all aspects of the planning and installation process of landscape projects
  • Reuse all uncontaminated organic material generated by ETSU
  • Implement and enforce a tree protection policy
  • Continue to survey and document trees and tree health throughout grounds

Tree InventoryTree Inventory

Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories conducted a tree inventory of the entire campus in 2012. The inventory cataloged each tree on campus and specified its identification information and location. The inventory may be accessed by the public and can be viewed online at by clicking this link.

On the login screen of the tree inventory website, the username is:

The password is: public

The website is equipped with a map of campus and markers for each tree which, when selected, provide the tree's tag number, genus and species, common name, and diameter at breast height (DBH). The color of each tree's marker indicates the general age of the tree which can range from "new planting" to "mature".

The database on the site may also be searched using the criteria fields to the right of the map. This is a useful function for those with an interest in locating specific trees or types of trees. You may search the trees by tag number, common name, condition, DBH, and genus. The site will be updated as changes take place in the status of the trees, taking into account any work that has been done on them (removals, changes in condition, etc.). Funding for the inventory was provided by the Campus Sustainability Fee and the USDA Forest Service and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division.


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