Native plants need less maintenance and fertilizer, require little water beyond normal rainfall, and provide better pest resistance. Native plants, particularly trees, also can reduce the building's energy consumption by blocking the summer sun and winter wind. Organize a tree planting event on your campus. A community garden provides nutritious, organically grown food as well as habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife for years to come. Use rain barrels for water collection. Visit the EPA's Native Plant directory to determine which plants are suitable for your location.
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