Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.46
Liaison Andrew DeMelia
Submission Date May 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bryant University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.46 / 2.00 Jim Lucia
Superintendent of Grounds
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Total campus area:
435 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 10 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 35 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 75 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 120 Acres

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

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

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

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.

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:

The IPM plan is as follows: Daily scouting by the grounds crew for signs of insect and turf-grass 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.
Action Threshold: pests identified by staff, coaches, or students.

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 landscape materials management and waste minimization:

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:

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.

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

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