LAND, HABITAT & WATERSHED

The magnificent setting of Taylor’s University Campus provides an excellent opportunity to manage both undeveloped and developed land holdings while providing an education to thousands of students housed on or commuting regularly to the Campus. As a campus nestled within a complex natural environment, the University understands the need to balance the requirements of maintaining and developing facilities to support teaching, research and public services while managing the natural environment that is an integral part of the Campus and the surrounding region. A walk around the Campus reveals the interactivity between the natural environment and the built campus: buildings are co-located with old-growth trees, views of the Lakeside extend beyond the main buildings, and a small group of ducks and goose are seen often swimming and hanging on/ around the lake. Natural environment and human activity are intertwined in a raw way that doesn’t occur anywhere else in a Campus setting. Prominent stewardship successes are centrally important to meeting sustainability goals. At an institution of higher education, land stewardship is taught by design and example and is an opportunity for leadership.