Director of Ecological Sustainability Carolyn Cromer is working with the Grounds Committee and others to bring back native plants to Nazareth Campus. This effort is part of an overall commitment to the Community’s goals for sustainability, caring for the Earth, protecting the sacredness of creation, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Carolyn explains, “We are replacing landscaping with native plants that will serve as pollinator habitat and will provide color and various textures from April to October. The plants are provided by a regional nursery that specializes in Kentucky genotype plants, meaning that they are genetically adapted to Kentucky’s climate and precipitation and are in sync with the life cycles of native pollinator species. This gives them a greater chance of surviving, but also ensures genetic diversity within native species, something that supports our mission to care for the Earth.”