Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.39
Liaison Christine Pinkham
Submission Date March 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

British Columbia Institute of Technology
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total campus area:
151.34 Acres

Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds:
Area (double-counting is not allowed)
Area managed organically, without the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides 0 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 75.60 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 75.60 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:

The built environment was excluded from the area of managed grounds - this includes all buildings, paved roads, pedestrian areas and parking lots.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:

A copy of the IPM plan or program:

A brief description of the IPM program:

BCIT takes a proactive approach to IPM ensuring that any herbicide or pesticides are used only as a last resort. Our approach is summarized here:

· Planning – through use of best management practices, contracted scopes of work, landscape design and management systems.

· Identifying – educated staff and contractors work together to proactively monitor our campus landscapes for plant stress, signs of damage and the presence of pests. Community outreach platforms (social media etc.) are used when dealing with threats such as the Japanese beetle.

· Control decisions – making timely decisions through the lens of sustainability, factoring in natural beneficial insect response, plant selection, plant health care, maintenance and industry best practices.

· Implementing strategies – defining approach and strategies that align with desired outcomes. Herbicide use is not permitted at any of our campuses unless approved by BCIT to deal with invasive noxious weeds as defined by both the Invasive Species Councils of British Columbia and of Metro Vancouver.

· Evaluating/monitoring – tracking and documenting effects and efficacy each step of the way including ongoing monitoring.

The following are segments from BCIT's current Landscaping Management Services Agreement, specifically Section 1.3 (Definitions), and Schedule A; Section 4.3 g, (2018):

4.3 (g) Integrated Pest Management (“IPM”). The Contractor:
i. will comply with Government of British Columbia’s IPM Act, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Home & Garden Pest Management Guide for British Columbia, and City of Burnaby’s IPM program for the management of pests and plant diseases on the Premises (collectively “IPM Act and Protocols”);
ii. the Contractor must have staff with current IPM Certification under the IPM Act;
iii. will use only herbicides permitted under and in accordance with the IPM Act and Protocols. The Contractor will submit the names of herbicides being applied to lawns that the Contractor intends to use and will obtain BCIT’s written consent prior to using any of such herbicides at the Premises;
iv. will not use any herbicides or pesticides at the Premises without prior authorization from the BCIT Representative. The Contractor will request authorization to use any herbicide or pesticide at the Premises from the BCIT Representative at least SEVENTY-TWO (72) hours in advance of the requested use and, in the event that such authorization is provided by the BCIT Representative, the Contractor will comply with all Regulatory Standards in applying the herbicide or pesticide;
v. will use herbicides and pesticides strictly in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations;
vi. will take every precaution against lawn spray damaging structures, equipment, vehicles, trees, shrubs and ornamental plants at the Premises which may be adjacent to the work area;
vii. will be responsible for repairing any damage caused as a result of the use of herbicides and pesticides to the sole satisfaction of BCIT;
viii. will exercise extra care for the safety of all persons when applying herbicides or pesticides in all areas, including any residences, food service areas and children’s daycare; and
ix. will advise the BCIT Representative forthwith with particulars of any rodents observed on the Premises;

1.3 The Contractor shall comply with all applicable health, workplace safety, sanitary laws, bylaws, including City of Burnaby noise bylaws, regulations, standards, including WorkSafeBC and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (“WHMIS”), herbicide and pest management laws, bylaws and regulations, guidelines including IPM Act and Protocols as this term is defined in Section 4.3g)i of Schedule A, laws, bylaws, regulations, guidelines, and best management practices of the Ministry of Environmental Lands and Parks, Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver, City of Burnaby, Metro Vancouver Regional District, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and other laws, regulations and directions of any applicable governmental or regulatory authority relating to the Services including the use of Contractor’s Equipment (the “Regulatory Standards”) and shall take all steps required to rectify non-compliance related to the delivery and performance of the Services. If the Contractor fails to comply with or correct a violation of a Regulatory Standard or other applicable law, regulation or governmental order, notice or direction for which the Contractor is responsible for under this Agreement, then BCIT may, in addition to other remedies available to BCIT at law or in this Agreement, deny the Contractor access to the portion of the Premises relating to the violation until the Contractor has provided BCIT with a correction plan acceptable to BCIT.

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

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

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:

A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:

A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

BCIT is on route to publishing its own IPM Plan along with an Invasive Species Management Plan in Spring/Summer 2021.

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