The university or college that you have chosen to continue your education after graduating from high school, wherever it is located, is built on attractively landscaped grounds. Some universities, in fact, have become models of architectural design—Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, is one. Unless all the people who regularly use the campus make an effort to keep it clean, however, it can begin to look disorderly, just like your room or any other place that is frequented by human beings. Here is how you can contribute to maintaining the beautiful appearance of your college campus.
1) The importance of campus cleanliness
A college or university is, above all, a place to study and learn. If the physical environment is not an attractive one, then studying and learning become less pleasant and students’ grades suffer as a result. New students may also be less willing to attend classes here and new professors less willing to come and teach. Outsiders are also less eager to come to the campus to use the library or to attend lectures, performances, sports events or other university activities. Even the search for funding may be adversely affected by a disorderly campus.
2) What is involved in keeping the campus clean
Elements of campus cleanliness include:
- disposing of garbage and rubbish in waste disposal containers
- taking care of the gardens and trees, keeping the plants well trimmed and watered and free of weeds, insects and diseases that make them look unsightly
- mowing the lawn
- trimming the grass around the borders
- raking the fallen leaves
- keeping the statues well polished and invulnerable to moisture
- mopping and vacuuming the floors and carpets inside
- cleaning the walls, windows and other surfaces
All of these tasks except the first are, of course, taken care of by professionals hired and paid by the school to do them. It is up to you to avoid littering the halls and walkways with your trash.
3) Hiring the right companies
If you are a permanently employed by a college or university, then you should do some research to find out which are the best companies to hire to do the work of campus upkeep. For exterior work few companies are better than SavATree Landscape Professionals, who serve eight states along the Eastern Seaboard and the District of Columbia. They can help their clients to establish their tree and lawn care needs and set up a plan that revolves around them. They can provide emergency tree treatment, insect, mite & tick control, tree pruning, fertilizing and removal, disease treatment and lightning protection. They also do lawn work, including mowing, weed control, lime application, disease treatment, insect and grub control, and soil analysis and aeration. The people who work here are also experts in the use of organic substances, which can be especially valuable in keeping ticks away. Other areas in which they work include turf management, lawn seeding, irrigation (spring start up, system maintenance and wintering), lime application and fungus control.
For interior maintenance there is ABM, a business that was founded over a hundred years ago. During that time they have worked with almost every type of company that has wished to hire them, from banks and hospitals to golf courses, private houses, aviation facilities and everything in between. ABM can help you with issues regarding your electrical, lighting, plumbing and HVAC systems. They are also good at establishing plans that save money spent on energy. For this purpose ABM has set up something called GlidePath which they tailor to meet the specific needs of every client. Used in this way, GlidePath can help calculate savings in five areas—guaranteed savings, innovation, wages and inflation, proposed operating costs and transition costs. Finally, ABM provides solutions for time card management, accounting and reporting, and other aspects of management.
When you help to keep your campus clean, you are not just making the learning environment more pleasant for yourself and all the others who study and work there. You are also showing your pride in the school where you attend classes.
Joe Johnson is an avid blogger who contributes to a number of publications on a range of topics from researching, study habits, and personal behavior to environmental law. Click here to learn more about specific environmental law programs and how to build excellent research skills.