Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.66
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 23, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Auburn University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.45 / 2.00 Justin Sutton
Landscape Services Superintendent
Facilities Management
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
1912 Acres

Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds:
Area (double-counting is not allowed)
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses a four-tiered approach 281 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an organic land care standard or sustainable landscape management program that has eliminated the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides in favor of ecologically preferable materials 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 350 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 631 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds (e.g. the footprint of buildings and impervious surfaces, experimental agricultural land, areas that are not regularly managed or maintained):

Building footprints, roads, parking lots, sidewalks, field laboratories, natural areas, and the Arboretum.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
44.53

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
A brief description of the IPM program:

Please see the attached document.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0

A brief description of the organic land standard or landscape management program that has eliminated the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides in favor of ecologically preferable materials:

NA


A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:

Projects designed and installed by Landscape Services give preference to native plants, as outlined in the Landscape Master Plan and the Facilities Management Operations Guidelines. The University's Design Standards also require native species for all new buildings.


A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:

Auburn University developed a Campus Landscape Master Plan (CLMP) as part of the overall Comprehensive Campus Master Plan.  The Master Plan was approved by the Board of Trustees and serves as the mechanism to ensure that the objectives of the CLMP are achieved.  The CLMP embraces a sustainable environment, including an emphasis on stormwater management that incorporates best management practices for maintenance and implementation schedules, as well as Parkerson Mill Creek restoration opportunities.

The Design and Construction Standards performance requirements administered by Facilities Management state a project is to not increase peak stormwater flows for the 2, 5, 10, and 25 year storm events as well as provide water quality treatment for the first 1.2 inches of rainfall with an 80 percent Total Suspended Solids (TSS) reduction goal. Projects are also encouraged to reduce overall stormwater runoff volume by reducing impervious cover campus-wide and promotion of infiltration.


A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):

Longleaf Pine Straw is used in landscape areas to retain moisture, suppress weeds and control erosion. Leaves & woody debris are minimally processed on campus, and the byproducts are utilized when possible at various locations throughout campus. When necessary, we use ice\snow melting compounds (on hardscape) that are safer for our landscape.


A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
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A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution (e.g. use of environmentally preferable landscaping materials, initiatives to reduce the impacts of ice and snow removal, wildfire prevention):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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