Water Conservation Mandates

Posted: June 25, 2015

Dear Scripps College Community,

As President Bettison-Varga announced in her year-end memo, the College has developed a plan, approved by the Board of Trustees, in response to an executive order by Governor of California Jerry Brown and the City of Claremont resolution. This resolution limits watering to two days a week for 15 minutes at a time, which is more than a 50 percent reduction to the College’s current watering schedule. In addition, it further limits watering during colder months.

We have begun the process of implementing this plan. As you walk through campus, you will notice that work has begun in many areas, including Revelle House, Jaqua Quadrangle, East-West Allée, Sallie Tiernan Field House pool area, south of the Rose Garden, and south of the Routt Apartments. In addition to replacing grass with hardscape and drought-tolerant plants, the College will be using groundcovers that will keep the landscape green with less water. Some of these include:

  • Tall and fine fescues, standard grasses that stay green year-round and do well in shade
  • Bermuda Princess 77, a grass that stays green longer than other Bermudas but is dormant in cold months, tolerates high traffic, stays tight to ground, and does well in full sun
  • Lippia Kurapia, a groundcover with inconspicuous spring flowers that that stays green year round, does well in sun/part shade, and accommodates moderate foot traffic

The lawns at Revelle House and East-West Allée will be replaced with Lippia Kurapia. Jaqua Quadrangle will be replaced with Bermuda Princess 77.

We will update the community on a regular basis throughout the summer as the plan progresses with more projects. Thank you for your patience as we work to keep Scripps a beautiful campus while addressing water conservation mandates.



Donna Ng

Vice President for Business Affairs/Treasurer

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