Drake University’s facilities and grounds team has been one of the pivotal players in our efforts to go green. The facilities and grounds team oversees the implementation of our recycling program, new construction, cleaning and landscape maintenance. With the support of our facilities and grounds team, Drake has been able to make a more sustainable campus in its buildings, landscaping and expansion.
Drake University has dedicated itself achieving at least a LEED Silver certification in all new construction done on campus. The LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, rating system was established by the U.S. Green Building Council as a way to ensure that existing and new construction have minimal impact on the environment.
Drake University removed a former city street and installed a sustainable plaza in its place. Drake wanted to ensure that the environment was taken into account. We did this through several initiatives.
Traditional cleaning chemicals can present several hazards to the environment. Once washed down the drain, some chemicals can cause neurological and reproductive damage to organisms, spur eutrophication in lakes, or cause cancer in larger organisms as the toxins accumulate. Because of this, Drake Facility Services now cleans with green cleaning chemicals that do not contain many of the toxins found in more traditional cleaners.
The improper application of water to lawns and agriculture can waste significant amounts of water every year. The proper time for watering lawns is between dawn and dusk, when the threat of evaporation by sun and wind is greatly reduced. This is when Drake runs its sprinklers. In addition to time restraints, Drake’s sprinkler system is semi-manual, allowing us to shut it off when it rains and our lawns are adequately watered.
June, July, August: The Office of Admission is open for individual campus visits and tours Monday-Friday.
June -The application for Fall 2013 transfer admission will be accepted through the end of the month. Applications submitted after July 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
July 4-5- Drake closed for Independence Day
August 1 - application opens for Fall 2014 admission
August 5-9- Iowa Private College Week
August 21 - First Year Student move-in day
August 26 - First day of fall semester