The University of Alberta’s Buildings and Grounds Services team keeps the university’s grounds healthy and beautiful using the most environmentally sustainable methods possible.

Integrated Pest Management Program

The university’s Integrated Pest Management Program reduces pesticide use on campus and promotes long-term vegetation health. Learn more about the program.


The university’s Buildings and Grounds Services team collects all plant material, like grass trimmings, cuttings and leaves, and transports it to a local composting site. When trees are removed from campus, they are chipped, and we use the material in the university’s shrub beds (except elm trees and diseased stock).

The university’s organic collection service generates about 100 metric tons of compost each year. We use this compost in in shrub and flower beds across campus.

Learn more about composting at the university.

Adopt a Planter

The university’s Adopt a Planter program is a volunteer opportunity for students, faculty and staff. Volunteers can adopt designated planters or flower beds around campus to maintain and harvest on their own. Learn more about the program and how to participate.

Community Gardens

The university has several community gardens—one for nearly every campus—where students, faculty and staff can grow organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Learn about each garden and find one near you.