MWDOC Collaborates with Chapman University on Sustainable Landscaping by Municipal Water District of Orange County Nov 28, 2023 Member Submitted News Through participation in the Municipal Water District of Orange County’s (MWDOC) Turf Removal Rebate Program, Chapman University (Chapman) recently transformed 16,824 sq. ft. of grass on the university’s main campus into a thriving, drought-tolerant landscape. Expected to save 700,000 gallons of water annually, Chapman’s efforts serve as a community model to demonstrate the value of a fully replicable, sustainable landscape. Chapman University’s initiative serves as a beacon of sustainable practices, aiming to inspire others to follow suit. This outdoor living classroom plays a pivotal role in educating students about water use efficiency, incorporating methods like spray-to-drip irrigation, drought-tolerant and native plants, stormwater capture, and an interactive virtual tour that showcases the landscape features. “[We’re] constantly looking for ways that as a campus we can reduce our water use,” shares Jenny Kaufman, Chapman University’s Energy Conservation and Sustainability. “The money that we get back, we plan to funnel into future drought-tolerant landscape projects,” says Kaufman. MWDOC is committed to providing resources for residents and businesses to transform their landscapes into beautiful, water-smart oases. To learn more about MWDOC’s Turf Removal Rebate Program and how you can contribute to a more sustainable future, visit mwdoc.com/turf. CLICK HERE to watch the video interview with Jenny Kaufman highlighting the project details!