Celebrate Green: Yale Plants An 'Urban Meadow' on Science Hill

Celebrate Green: Yale Plants
An ‘Urban Meadow’ on Science Hill

Earth Day arrived early on Science Hill today as students and staff members from across campus joined the F&ES Environmental Stewardship Committee and the Yale Grounds crew in planting native wildflowers along Whitney Avenue.

The day-long planting project is part of the larger “Urban Meadows” initiative at Yale that promotes biodiversity, improved air quality, reduced stormwater runoff, and a more beautiful campus and city.

The flowers are being planted along a berm located between Edwards Street and the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

“The berm is a very visible strip of land that ties one of New Haven’s biggest avenues to an area of Yale that for many years was just an unsightly parking lot,” said Lisa Fernandez, assistant director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and acting chair of the Environmental Stewardship Committee.

“Thousands of people walk, bike or drive by this area every day. Now the views of all those passersby will be improved, as will the habitat and the food sources for swiftly declining pollinator species of insects and plants.”