In 2017 Mackenzie and Bridget started their campaign at UC Berkeley that would one day become RYC. Because of their campaign, UC Berkeley is now managed organically. Read more about the transition here.
Mackenzie and Bridget spread their campaign to the entire UC System and successfully advocated for the UC System to ban glyphosate and create SPOC– the Systemwide Pesticide Oversight Committee– to ensure the UC system is implementing ecologically safe land management. Learn more here.
In 2019 Mackenzie participated in a coalition that brought Dewayne “Lee” Johnson to Hawaii to speak to the public school board about his experience developing Non-hodgkin's lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup. After Lee spoke, the school board immediately passed a resolution banning the use of all herbicides on public school grounds. Learn more about this monumental win here.
In 2020, RYC fellows at Grinnell College teamed up with the Too Much Grass initiative to restore a lawn on Grinnell’s campus to native prairie grasses. This 5,000+ sq foot project was the first of several successful, herbicide-free prairie restoration projects, a feat that goes against restoration norms. Grinnell is now working to implement a more holistic organic transition. Learn more here.
After 3+ years of campaign efforts, Emory University is breaking ground on three pilot projects. These projects will prove to administrators that organic land care is effective and cost efficient and will equip grounds crews with necessary organic land care knowledge. Learn more about the organic pilot projects here.
In 2022, we published a first-of-its-kind report, The State of Ecological Landcare, that detailed the costs and benefits of transitioning to organic land care. The reports findings indicate that campuses that transition to organic land care see a reduction in water use and land care costs, and see an increase in soil health which indicates greater climate resilience. Read the full report here.
Students from LMU and Brandeis participated in our 2021/22 fellowship cohort, and soon after the fellows graduated from the fellowship, both campuses took big steps in the right direction. Brandeis began testing out organic products on parts of their campus to help find more ecologically sound alternatives to the synthetic pesticides they were using. LMU committed to using only organic products, and while students are still pushing both campuses to commit to organic land care, both campuses have made immense progress in prioritizing human and environmental health.