Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.26
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Channel Islands
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.69 / 2.00 R Banuelos
Assistant Director
Operations, Planning & Construction
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 1,184 Acres
+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015
Footprint of the institution's buildings 22.50 Acres
+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 675.22 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 0 Acres
+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 55.50 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 369.03 Acres
+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

Integrated Pest Management, is a service provided by a purchase order established with a vendor (ORKIN). Contractors are responsible for familiarity with California State University (CSU) General Provisions for Commodity and Service Acquisitions. Implementation of resistant plant varieties and minimizing the use of harmful pest control materials is also practiced.

A brief summary of the institution’s approach to sustainable landscape management:

Lawn replacement with native flora, drought tolerant gardening practices, monitoring and surveying

A brief description of how the institution protects and uses existing vegetation, uses native and ecologically appropriate plants, and controls and manages invasive species:

California State University Channel Islands (CI) has developed a strategy that uses xeriscape landscape techniques with the goal to decrease the amount of existing lawn area & irrigation, minimize the required maintenance of planting areas adjacent to buildings, and provide an opportunity to educate people about the appropriateness of these types of plants to maintaining a sustainable campus grounds. This strategy has been completed across approximately a quarter of the campus grounds that are currently actively maintained (CI has 1184 acres of land, but most of this is in its natural state), with plans to continue across the remainder of the core campus through funding from adjacent capital projects. A new native plant field was installed last year behind the new Broome Library as a pilot project to provide an area for people to enjoy and learn more about the native species prevalent in the region. An existing cactus garden was transplanted to an adjacent tract of land at the University Town Center that abuts the base of the coastal Santa Monica Mountain Range.

The new entrance road into the campus utilizes similar techniques that maximize sustainable features. This includes native grasses planted along new levee system, restoration of a native riparian habitat along the adjacent Long Grade Creek, development of wetlands areas, and landscaping along the main road that uses native and drought-tolerant plant species. In the front of the Broome Library, there are Californian and Mexican desert plants. Due to the adaption of these plants to this region, less water is needed; therefore, CI installed low precipitation rate spray heads.

+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015

A brief description of the institution’s landscape materials management and waste minimization policies and practices:

California State University Channel Islands uses mulch waste to enhance the grounds, as well as uses chips from the trimming of trees.

+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015

A brief description of the institution’s organic soils management practices:

Organic materials and practices are used on campus.

A brief description of the institution’s use of environmentally preferable materials in landscaping and grounds management:

CSU Channel Islands does not use any environmentally harmful materials in landscaping and grounds management.

A brief description of how the institution restores and/or maintains the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus:

The campus has continuous restoration efforts in Long Grade Creek to increase native flora.

A brief description of how the institution reduces the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal (if applicable):

A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:

The CSU Channel Islands University Park (Park) is a regional educational and
recreation area owned and operated by CI. As an extension of the academic campus, the Park embraces the mission, values and objectives of the University. The purpose of the Park is to provide educational and recreational opportunities open to all through habitat restoration activities, maintenance of open spaces, and development of ecological, cultural, and recreational facilities and programs.

Is the institution recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program (if applicable)?:

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management programs and practices is available:

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