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Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
Executive Letter Download

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California State University, Northridge
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Austin Eriksson
Sustainability Program Manager
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 356 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 55 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 0 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 301 Acres
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 0 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

Pest control strategies
The building interior and exterior will be periodically inspected for the presence of pests and preventive measures will be taken to avoid pests. If any pests are detected, integrated (nonchemical) methods will be implemented as the first control step, including sanitation measures, exclusion measures, and the use of traps.
Sanitation: Potential food and water sources available to pests will be evaluated and minimized or eliminated. This can be done by thoroughly cleaning and maintaining food service areas and break rooms, fixing leaking pipes and faucets, and altering landscape features to eliminate standing water.
Exclusion: Cracks, crevices, and holes in the building envelope will be sealed. A barrier will be placed in between the building and the adjacent landscape such that the landscape is at least 18 inches from the building.
Traps: For insects and rodents, non-chemical baits (such as peanut butter) will be used to trap pests. No chemical baits for rodents will ever be used indoors. If chemical rodent baits are necessary outdoors, they will only be used as solid blocks places in locked outdoor dispensers. No second-generation (single-feed) rodent baits will be used.
If integrated pest control measures are unable to resolve the problem, least toxic pesticides will be used prior to resorting to the use of non-least toxic pesticides. Least toxic pesticides include those ranked as Tier 3 products on San Francisco’s Pesticide Hazard Screening List:

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


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

CSUN continues to remove water intensive vegetation and replace with native and drought tolerant species. This is being done throughout the campus in an effort to meet our mandated water conservation goals.

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

CSUN has a student ran composting site that processes some of the green waste material generated on campus. The bulk of the green waste is sent off site for composting at an industrial facility.

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

A brief description of the institution’s use of environmentally preferable 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:

CSUN has implemented several water capture devices, mainly bioswales, on campus.

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:

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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