NJ Landscape Architecture Program at Rutgers Receives Scholarship Donation

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Cipriano Landscape Design's "Keeping It Green Foundation" Donates Scholarship Money to Encourage Ecological Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship, and Careers in the Green Industry

For the fourth year in a row, Cipriano Landscape Design has donated $10,000 to Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Departments of Landscape Architecture and Plant Biology and Pathology. The Keeping It Green Foundation scholarship money is designed to encourage students on their path towards a career in the green industry. "I am happy to continue this tradition with Rutgers. Our partnership with the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Plant Biology and Pathology has been truly rewarding for everyone," said Chris Cipriano, President and Owner. The $10,000 in scholarships will again be awarded based on the students' academic records, community activities and their desire to pursue a career in the green industry.

Cipriano believes that positively influencing and educating the future of the green industry will promote environmental stewardship, ecological sustainability, and conservation for years to come. "I think it is important to recognize and reward our future green industry leaders," said Cipriano. "These scholarships will hopefully encourage students in the way of sustainability and conservation that we, at Cipriano, look to improve upon every day." Landscape Architecture and Plant Biology and Pathology students can also learn more about these practices through hands-on experience with internships at Cipriano Farms or in Cipriano’s design office, headed by licensed NJ Landscape Architect Bill Moore. Some talented interns have included Heather Aran of Manalapan, NJ, James Taranto of Wyckoff, NJ, and Andrew Keenan of Mahwah, NJ. Cipriano also currently holds an architecture apprenticeship program with apprentice Daniel Shea of Haskell, NJ.

This year brings the Keeping it Green Foundation cumulative donations to $40,000, a great start towards the support of Landscape Architecture and Plant Biology and Pathology education and the future of the green industry. “The Cipriano Keeping It Green Foundation Scholarship makes a big difference to our students, especially in these difficult times. Some of our students are having a hard time funding their education, and there are fewer opportunities through summer internships, fellowships, and other sources that enable students to focus on their professional development. We are thankful that Chris Cipriano maintains his dedication, and continues to support these four scholarships that his foundation started four years ago,” said Laura Lawson, Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Just as the Keeping It Green Foundation invests in our future, this year Cipriano Landscape Design continues to practice sustainability and conservation in the present. The New Jersey landscape architecture firm encourages homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs by investing in solar powered swimming pools, electric heat pumps, variable speed pumps, and LED landscape lighting for new and existing swimming pools and landscapes. Cipriano also uses organic fertilizer that helps reduce harmful fertilizer runoff. In addition to that, the team recycles soils by reusing up to 90 percent of organic soils found on jobsites, creates a safer work environment through the reduction of harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and, years ago, launched an environmentally-sensitive pest management program recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

About Cipriano Landscape Design:
Celebrating over 22 years in business, five time international award winner Cipriano Landscape Design is a recognized industry leader in custom residential landscapes, masonry and swimming pools. After a little more than a decade in business, the company catapulted to the top of the state’s luxury landscaping and pool industries when it was awarded a $2.5 million residential landscape project. Today, along with the Mahwah, NJ office, the Cipriano family owns a 10-acre farm and nursery in Mahwah, NJ, where large caliper specimen trees and other rare plants are grown. With a design office headed by 15 year veteran Certified Landscape Architect William Moore, the Cipriano team has won 50 awards of excellence since 2006 including the Northeast Pool & Spa Association’s 2007 Best in Competition Award. In 2008, the Cipriano team earned the Certified Building Professional (CBP) credential from the APSP, one of only five custom pool builders in Bergen County to have earned the certification.

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