Date: 10/25/19 7:03 am From: Eric Stiles <eric.stiles...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Grassland creation to support appropriate species
NJ Audubon has done this with some very large campuses. As an example, we (NJA partnering with Verizon) converted chemical cocktail lawn into early successional and re-forested habitat on Verizon's global headquarters in Basking Ridge for which Verizon received state, national and international awards.
Among the many benefits: 1) habitat and wildlife gains 2) water quality increase - reforested along Passaic River which is huge drinking water supply and essential habitat 3) employee engagement 4) lowered operations and maintenance cost (maintaining this habitat is cheaper than traditional chemical cocktail lawns) 5) info shared through Verizon to shareholders and customers - benefits for brand and encouraging other companies 6) great PR - local to state press 7) recognized as significant by Governor Award highlighting the importance of corporate engagement 8) carbon benefits - pollinator meadows and forests sequester far more carbon than corporate lawns which require a lot of petrochemicals
Best, Eric Stiles, President & CEO New Jersey Audubon Society
-----Original Message----- From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> On Behalf Of Susan Treesh Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:26 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Grassland creation to support appropriate species
Does anyone have examples of corporate lawns proper (as opposed to set-aside preserves) that have been at least partially converted to native species? Would you consider Mercer Corporate Park an example of a partially "wilded" corporate campus? Was it deliberate, or just a surrender to the realities of having wetlands on site?