The University of Massachusetts Amherst

In Pictures

Sustainably Grown Mums

Pictured above are mums on campus. The late-season chrysanthemums were nurtured by a new, smart solar-powered irrigation system. Todd Cournoyer, supervisor of landscape management, and horticulturalist Tim Mercer settled on a solar-powered system that could more consistently and effectively water the young plants, while saving staff time and advancing the university’s sustainability efforts. This type of initiative is an example of environmentally conscious methods that the campus wants to continue to implement. Nearly 2,000 plants with bronze, orange, yellow or (naturally) maroon flowers have been moved from the mum field on Tillson Farm Road to the more than 100 planters on campus. Read more.