Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.49
Liaison Julia Angstmann
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Butler University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.26 / 2.00 Taylor Korn
Campus Engineer
University Operations
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Total campus area:
119.38 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 54.84 Hectares
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 0 Hectares
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 32.09 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 86.93 Hectares

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:
A total of 80.2 acres of campus is impervious surfaces and buildings which are not in the above figures.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:
Wooded areas on campus are managed organically. Invasive species are removed by hand. 10 acres of the campus are mulch beds that receive no fertilizer. In the beds compost is used to plant flowers and trees and all plant litter removed from these areas is composted or chipped. The only time landscaping would interfere with these areas is if a tree needed to be removed for safety purposes. Additionally, one acre of campus is a campus farm with follows organic practices.

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:
No current IPM plan.

A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
Butler is a Tree Campus and aims to preserve existing trees on campus. The sciences department has a list of trees and plants species on campus which are monitored.

A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
Butler is no longer adding new irrigation to campus grounds and is removing old irrigation during renovations or construction.

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:
The grounds department composts or chips materials for use on campus. If materials cannot be used on campus, all organic matter is placed in wooded area on campus for decomposition. We are also actively reducing the total amount of mulch we use on campus annually.

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:
We try to reuse pavers and limestone or other misc. building materials as we can. We save them when remove in hopes to reuse eventually even if no plan at the time of removal.

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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