Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.53
Liaison Jim Vecchione
Submission Date June 6, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bryant University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.46 / 2.00 Jim Lucia
Superintendent of Grounds
Facilities
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
435 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 35 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 10 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 75 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 120 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):

Footprint of buildings
Parking areas
Cross country trail system
Ponds
Roadways and walkways
Natural Habitat


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
29.17

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

: The IPM plan is as follows. Daily scouting by the grounds crew for signs of insect and turfgrass issues that arise during the height of the growing season. Careful analysis of soil temperature, tree, shrub and turf maladies before they become apparent are documented and a pro-active approach is undertaken. An ounce of prevention rather than a pound of cure is the basis of the program at Bryant University.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
8.33

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:

At the Athletic field complexes we have been diligent in applying organic based fertilizers for 15 years. Earthworks fertilizer has been an integral part of our organic plan. We have also delved into biological controls for insect eradication.


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

In conjunction with the Arborists on campus, plants are selected that are conducive to this area. Selections are made after consulting the University of RI publication "Sustainable Trees and Shrubs for Southern New England".


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

By monitoring soil profiles and installing rain gauges we have reduced water usage.


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

We have a composting program on campus. Collections of grass clippings, leaves, sod and sand are piled together at the composting site, and turned over occasionally to stimulate the composting process.


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

We have begun to introduce drought tolerant species in our landscaping beds that encompass parking areas across campus. By instituting this process we will drastically reduce our carbon footprint at Bryant University.


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):

We are using Magnesium Chloride, the most environmentally friendly product with a low melting point, to provide safe walkways on campus. This formula is the least detrimental to turf and entrances into buildings. Roadways are treated with a Sand/Salt ratio 3:1, so traction is achieved and little salt damage occurs to the adjacent turf areas.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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