Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.15
Liaison Drew Dullen
Submission Date Nov. 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Brock University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 John Dick
Manager, Grounds Services
Facilities & Services
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Total campus area:
114.43 Hectares

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 Hectares
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 79.91 Hectares
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 79.91 Hectares

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

Buildings and parking lots were excluded from the area of managed grounds.

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:

Integrated Pest Management and Plant Health Care Practices for the Campus Landscape: For almost 20 years the Grounds Crew has not utilized pesticides to maintain the campus landscape. Sustainable Integrated Pest Management and Plant Health Care practices are followed. There have only been a couple instances in the past few years where herbicides were utilized to control Poison Ivy. Since the use of pesticides is not resorted to, every cultural practice possible is utilized. We regularly seek out and try new or proven practices, equipment etc.

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

The Campus Plan (2016) section 4.4 - Land and Open Space, outlines how the University and surrounding community have a strong interest in protecting and restoring the natural environment. For example, the Environmental Zone recognizes the significant natural features surrounding the campus are unique assets that distinguish Brock University from its peers and should be protected. Development is not permitted in this zone, but the maintenance of trails, meadows and interpretive signage is permitted where appropriate. The recommendations aim to enhance biodiversity, highlight the value of natural heritage features and strengthen Brock University’s unique sense of place.


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

Brock’s Grounds Landscape Design Standards highlight that surface run off and drainage needs to be accommodated. Run off from up slope onto hard surfaces needs to be diverted before running across pavement to prevent ice in winter. If system is supplied with gray water, a back-up option needs to be provided for when the gray water source is exhausted.

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

All Landscape waste is composted and re-used on site. Most brush is chipped and used as mulch.

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

Brock’s Grounds Landscape Design Standards highlight that mulch must be specified such that good quality mulch is used. Shredded Cedar works well on campus providing a good weed barrier, longevity and it stays in place with wind. Only organic mulch/ground cover/surface treatment is used.

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

Brock’s Grounds Landscape Design Standards highlight that existing trees are to be protected and preserved in accordance with ISA Standards (International Association of Arboriculture). Restoration of all areas disturbed will be required, including soil compaction relief.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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