Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.65
Liaison Jennifer Sanchez
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Bakersfield
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Paula Bray
Director of Facilities Operations
Facilities Management
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
375 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 0 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 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 256 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 256 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):

The land that is excluded consist of building space, parking lots, and unvegetated grounds.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
0

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0

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

There are three water-wise demonstration gardens that are currently under construction. The demonstration gardens are replacing grassy areas with more drought tolerant landscaping. The plants and trees that have been selected for the build are all low-water use and drought tolerant. The three locations for the demonstration gardens are the south side of science III, the west side of Science I, and the south side of the Walter W. Stiern Library. CSUB has converted over 63,000 square feet of turf grass that was not being used for recreational areas and has replaced it with ground coverings, such as mulch, gravel, and drought tolerant native or non-thirsty plants.


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

CSUB will no longer be filling decorative fountains and ponds on campus, with the exception of the Koi pond located in Alumni Park. Almost every sink on campus has been converted to an automatic shutoff faucet. These faucets prevent water from being continuously run due to leaving a faucet in the on position by automatically turning off after use. The sinks also use low flow faucets, which significantly reduces the amount of water flowing when turned on. Urinals around campus located in mens restrooms have been converted to waterless systems. The new technology allows for no water to be used and can save up to 40,000 gallons of water per year. Many toilets around campus have been converted to low-flush toilets which reduces the amount of water used when flushed. CSUB uses a smart irrigation system which can reduce water by at least 30% each year. The system automatically adjusting water usage based on weather conditions, soil moisture and broken pipes.


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

CSUB has purchased numerous recycle bins that are distributed throughout campus. CSUB has established a partnership with the Bakersfield Association of Retarded Citizens (BARC), where BARC employees empty our recyclables on a weekly basis and divert the materials from entering the landfill.


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

Roads and grounds removes sagebrush scattered over campus year-round, and burned to reduce fire risk on site. Grass, brush and other vegetation is kept trimmed to also reduce the risk of a wildfire/ or local fire spreading.


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