All of the plants surrounding the Carnegie Global Ecology Building are California natives. They were selected to provide a rich surounding with little need for extra inputs of water or fertilizer. The landscape is designed as a California oak savanna, with an overstory of deciduous oaks (valley and blue oaks), and an understory of perennial grasses (a number of Festuca, Nasella, Stipa, and Muhlenbergia species) and forbs (Iris, Sisyrinchium, Epilobium, Calochortus, and Triteleia). The entire area is surrounded by a shrubland of Arctostaphylos, Ceanothus, Salvia, and Fremontodendron.
The plantings were designed by Lutsko and Associates. They were planted by the Carnegie community.