SEAS hoped to have an Ozone Garden installed by the Office of Sustainability House. The garden has a in a trough-‐like system consisting of 10 SmartPots (elevated off the ground, against the house) in two troughs. This garden allows the campus to see the impact of air pollution on plants and is a physical representation of how human actions affect our Earth's living systems. The plants that are included in the Ozone Garden are snap peas, potatoes, milkweed, cutleaf coneflowers, and more.
High ozone levels affect our day-to-day life and we can't always see the consequences. These specific plants are ones that can literally show the damage that the ozone is having on certain plant species. The Ozone Garden allows us to see what is happening to the plants and is ultimately due to air pollution. The garden is something different, but it is still very educational and can really make an impact. Professors can take classes to the garden, students can study and research it from different departments, and tours can stop and see the interesting ozone garden that UCCS has. This garden also adds a special place and beauty to the Sustainability House.