Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 39.53
Liaison Ellie Perry
Submission Date July 27, 2018
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California State University, Dominguez Hills
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Ellie Perry
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
346 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 176 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) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 176 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 and impervious surfaces (parking lot) and areas that are not regularly managed or maintained by Facilities Services. This is either because there is no landscaping in that area, or that area is managed directly by auxiliaries or tenants such as the StubHub Center (85 acres of the 346 owned by the university), the Loker Student Union, CAMS (California Academy of Math and Science), and Housing.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
100

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

The campus applies an integrated pest management approach to all Facilities-maintained landscape per the Sustainable Landscape Plan.


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:

The Sustainable Landscape Plan supports drought-tolerant and water-wise (in support of the state Model Water Ordinance) plants for all campus areas. There is also guidance for planting according to global geographical plant palettes depending on which corner of campus the area is located that have convergent evolution traits with California natives to ensure their success in our local climate.


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

The campus has an MS4 Program to comply with state stormwater policies and manage run-off. The Sustainable Landscape Plan also gives preference to planted areas that are able to provide bio-infiltration.


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

The Campus Urban Farm provides on-site composting of much of Grounds' green waste. Green waste commercial pick-up is scheduled as-needed as opposed to monthly to help incentivize reduction in green waste disposal. Grounds also practices green cycling for lawn clippings to help reduce green waste, and tree-trimming services are requested to chip branches for the on-site mulch pile Facilities uses in its landscaped areas.


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

n/a


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):

The campus supports several student/faculty-run gardens that showcase sustainable landscape techniques and California native plants. These include a National Wildlife Federation-recognized monarch butterfly waystation garden, an ocean-friendly garden sponsored by the local water district (West Basin), and the Heritage Creek Preserve (a bioswale for run-off from Parking Lot 7).


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

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