Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.57
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, San Marcos
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.24 / 2.00 Floyd Dudley II
Facility Services
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Total campus area:
304 Acres

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 138 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 100 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 66 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 304 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:

We have an area on campus that is not developed and is not managed (except in cases of floods and fire) by the campus. But it is not "managed" grounds.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

We continue to try and find organic landscape management practices for all of our lands, however all of our 138 acres, is managed organically. This land is managed through natural practices, including hillside maintenance for ground coverage.

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:

Ecolab- Primarily services our perimeter buildings by placing bate stations at each building. These bate stations are for the prevention of mice, rats and roaches. We do contact them for special needs such as: Fruit flies, ants, or inside building infestation of mice etc. Ecolab provides service once per month and when called upon.

AGpest- Is our outdoor pest control provider. They monitor our gopher, rat and mice problems. AGpest visits our campus four times per month. Our grounds lead directs AGpest to areas where we have noticed increased activity. We have also used AGpest to help in our swallow remediation. A very safe netting material is used to deter swallows from nesting in and around structures.

 Bee Guys- The bee Guys are used on an on call basis. They remove bees from areas such as: irrigation boxes, tress or wherever there is a nest. The bees are removed live.

Landgraphics- Is our landscaping vendor. They monitor our swales, drains after rain and weed whip any growth within the swales to prevent a “wetlands” appearance.

Our grounds crew- Our grounds crew is responsible for placing approved mosquito bate in areas where ponding is found. They have been instructed to look out for water ponding in large pot dishes etc. They also monitor catch basins. We recently purchased water pumps to drain large catch basins to prevent standing water.

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

On new projects, we use native plant material. The service road vegetation is naturally managed with no irrigation.

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

The campus irrigation system uses the well located on campus, bios wales and detention basins.

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:

The campus partners with several food vendors on site to collect bio food waste such as coffer grounds and vegetable waste which are used in our compost pile. We also compost grass cuttings and recycle green waste.

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

Campus has extremely limited landscape lighting other than ADA compliant pathway lighting. All our outdoor lighting on campus is LED.

A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:

We use native plants on our campus grounds and we are removing non-natives and putting them in overtime. In addition, we have a hillside that in 2013 burned through a wildfire, so now we are more pro-active on that hillside, ensuring that it is covered in native vegetation.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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