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Campus Grounds

Rockefeller campus

The Rockefeller University maintains a lush and beautiful 14-acre campus by using green horticultural practices. Located on the east side of Manhattan, the university’s landscaping was designed by noted landscape architect Dan Kiley in 1956 and imitates the idea of outdoor “rooms.” Money received from energy rebates goes towards purchasing native plants.
Check out the Rockefeller tree map and identify some specimens while strolling on campus.

Horticultural Green Practices

  • Watering of landscape is carefully monitored and changes are made quickly depending on weather conditions, plant needs, etc.
  • A zoned irrigation system allows matching of watering requirements with different growing conditions in various areas.
  • A concerted effort is made to incorporate native plants and indigenous trees whenever possible.
  • Only organic fertilizers are used in tree and shrub beds and on lawns.
  • All plantings are mulched regularly with organic compost material.
  • Only organic pesticides are used and they are applied extremely sparingly. Instead, living organisms are applied, including beneficial worms and bacteria.
  • The use of power equipment, such as electric leaf blowers, has been cut back considerably.
  • Several families of ducks spend their springs and summers in the Philosopher’s Garden fountains.


Services and locations for recyclable items

Learn more about where you can recycle different types of items such as:

  • Alkaline and non-alkaline batteries
  • All computers and computer peripherals
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • All inkjet and laser toners
  • Paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, cartons, metal and foil
  • Mercury and silver
  • Clothing

Bicycle rack locations

Bicycle racks are provided for use in several locations around campus:

  • 66th Street Gate parking lot
  • At the end of the 68th Street parking lot under the tennis court (by the staircase in the back)
  • To the right of the Bronk Laboratory entrance (on the plaza next to the Graduate Students Residence)
  • Behind Bronk Laboratory on the Peggy Rockefeller Plaza (for students only)
  • In front of the Greenberg building