Ruppert Going Greener

Posted on: April 23, 2014

Ruppert Nurseries- Finding Ways to go Greener

Ruppert Nurseries has long been in the business of making a positive impact on the environment. Over the years, Ruppert Nurseries has planted more than 150,000 trees. With more than 70,000 trees being grown on 600 acres, it’s safe to say that Ruppert Nurseries is always on the lookout for green initiatives, but is definitely not new to the green movement. In fact, at the heart of Ruppert Nurseries are green processes and behaviors. As technology evolves and greater insight is gained into the processes that are carried out, Ruppert Nurseries is constantly finding new ways to go green.

Ruppert Nurseries has Taken Green to the Next Level

In 2008, Ruppert Companies used its resources in a very proactive manner and constructed a new headquarter campus, and this wasn’t just any new headquarter campus. Located in Laytonsville, Maryland, the new campus is LEED-certified and among other things includes an half acre of solar panels. When it comes to being green, being LEED-certified is crucial. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. To have a campus certified as green, the following areas are measured:

– Indoor environmental quality

– Site sustainability

– Energy use and savings

– Water efficiency

– Materials and resources

Going Greener with a New Pesticide Program

There’s no denying that going green is something that takes time, and even more notably, it’s something that evolves over time just the same as technology. Because of this, at Ruppert Nurseries, the company is always seeking ways to improve its already green initiatives. Fortunately, there is always room for improvement, and this is exactly what was accomplished when Ruppert Nurseries raised the bar on its pesticide program.

General, across the board, “preventive” pesticide sprays of the past are no longer used.  Instead a near organic approach which utilizes extensive IPM scouting has greatly reduced the use of chemical sprays.

There are numerous benefits gained by the new pesticide program, which include:

– Lower potential for problems

– Reduced chemical resistance

– Less risk to applicators

– Fewer hours spent on record keeping

– Saves money

Ruppert Nurseries will continue to be on the lookout for ways to improve its green initiatives.

Written By Kelly Lewis