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The Grounds Division of the Physical Plant is responsible for maintaining over 1,200 acres of the campus’s landscape, of which 660 acres are mowed throughout the year.  Our division maintains 31.14 miles of sidewalks, 14.42 miles of roads, and 12,340 parking spaces.  The campus is divided into six maintenance zones, with each grounds foremen being responsible for two zones.  Grounds currently has 55 employees which include a superintendent, an administrative aide, three grounds foremen, one automotive foreman, a grounds equipment mechanic, an automotive technician assistant and 43 maintenance laborers.  We have 22 employees trained in asbestos abatement.  The Grounds Division works closely with the Plant & Service Operations Engineering Division to create spaces that are inviting and sustainable. 

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been designated Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation since 2015 by meeting the five core standards of tree care and community engagement.