Emory University. Image credit: Courtesy of Herbicide-Free Campus

The Largest Effort Ever to Rewild College Campuses

They call it the “face” of a university: The leafy green quad where students race to classes, cram for exams, or just hang out. With the support of Daughters for Earth, those “faces” are getting a makeover.

In the largest effort of its kind, Re: Wild Your Campus is working with colleges across the United States to get rid of pesticides and "rewild." Their goal? 

(Edward: Can you put these in bullets?) 

Protect students, teachers, and groundskeeper from pesticides

Revolutionize decorative landscaping (so it’s beautiful for the eyes and the environment).

Create a new Model for public spaces



How Do you Rewild a Space?

Stop Using Herbicides that can threaten human health and destroy the soil's natural ability to absorb the carbon fueling climate change.

Eliminate Fertilizers that cause “dead zones” when they reach lakes and oceans, which kills fish.

Replace Water Guzzling Pants with Native Ones, especially pollinator friendly plants.

REWILDING TURNS PUBLIC SPACES INTO “GIVERS” RATHER THAN “TAKERS.” 



A Ripple Effect

By creating “living laboratories,” this student-run, women-led campaign hopes to ignite change far beyond the campus.

“Everyone who walks through one of our campuses is learning and will hopefully be inspired, ” said Mackenzie Feldman, Director of Re:wild Your Campus.

Daughters for Earth Steps Up

To reach more schools faster, Daughters for Earth recently funded a new project at Emory University. The grant will allow Re: wild to pay an organic horticulturist to help with the transition, including training the grounds team. 

“The grant was huge. It's the reason we were able to get this done,” Feldman said. 

Dozens of schools have joined the effort, including Princeton, University of North Carolina, University of Michigan, Drexel University, University of California, and Brandeis. And many more are interested.

"We have a lot of other colleges who want to join but need funding to get started," Feldman said. 

University campuses used to be about charm and beauty. Now they can teach us something too: How to beat climate change and protect the planet.

Support women-led projects regenerating the Earth.
RESULTS

ALLOWING SOIL TO DO ITS THING

Did you know the soil beneath your feet can actually fight climate change? It’s true - as long as you treat it right.

Synthetic herbicides destroy the soil’s natural ability to absorb the carbon gases fueling climate change.

By taking care of the soil without herbicides, students are restoring its natural ability to protect the planet.

Mackenzie Feldman was about to play beach volleyball when her coach issued a warning that would shock her into action.

The coach told the team not to chase any balls that rolled off the court as the groundskeepers had just sprayed the grass with an herbicide.

“Why would they use such dangerous chemicals where we were practicing?” she recalls asking her coach at the University of California, Berkeley.

It was the kind of question that would lead her to launch the largest effort ever to rid college campuses of herbicides. But on that day in the Spring of 2017, she was focused on one patch of grass.

“I wanted the herbicides out of there,” said Mackenzie

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