Facilities Planning and Management

Landscape Services

Landscape Services and Environmental Management employees assist in improving the environmental quality of campus, expanding the educational opportunities for students and faculty, enhancing the aesthetic appearance and maintaining the campus at the standard set forth in the university's landscape and reforestation plan. Landscape Services and Environmental Management is also responsible for maintaining the Tree Nursery.

Recycling the Environment Through Composting

The composting operation was initially started in 1991 to reduce the volume of waste being transferred to landfills. Since then, the operation has become a source of soil amendments for campus landscape projects.

Landscape Services has five major components of the compost pile: leaves, grass clippings, brush, pallets/wood waste, and wood chips.

Composting Facts and Figures

Ball State Landscaping Services composts approximately 9,000 cubic yards of material each year. This reduces to approximately 3,000 cubic yards of finished compost. 

Compost is used in: 

  • Flower beds 
  • Landscape installations
  • Lawns

Compost is created on campus using:

  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Coffee grounds
  • Wood waste
  • Grass clippings
  • Manure

Brush, tree limbs, and trees removed due to the ice storm in January 2006 have been ground and are now in use as mulch, erosoion control, or will be added to the composting operation.