Overall Rating Reporter
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Liaison Stephanie Corbett
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Case Western Reserve University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Graham Binnig
Director of Facilities
Facilities Management
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Total campus area:
667 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 220 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 200 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 47 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 467 Acres

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

Approximately 200 acres of the University Farm are unmanaged, natural land, wooded, fields, ponds, etc.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

The University farm property has followed organic principles for maintained and farmed land for nearly a decade. The urban University property is creating a Beyond Pesticides, green grounds management plan. Currently 20 acres of the main campus are being managed without synthetic fertilizers. Minimal synthetic fertilizer is being used on the remainder of campus. All of campus is phasing out Roundup, which has been used minimally, and similar weed prevention products and replacing with organic options.

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:

An IPM plan is currently in development

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

Grounds crews design beds that include drought tolerant and/or native perennial plants and use the Native Plant Society of NE Ohio reference list.

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

Stormwater is a very important topic in Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie because of a legacy combined sewer system. We are in a very built out urban environment so much natural hydrology has been lost. However, efforts are made via our building and construction standards for renovation, replacement or new construction to keep stormwater on site via rain gardens, bioswales, pervious concrete, holding tanks, live green roofs and other technologies.

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

All grounds waste is composted and reused on site. Food waste from the campus kitchens is composted at the University Farm.

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

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

De-icers and shoveling methods are used in areas that do not have concrete snowmelt technolog or pervious concrete. Increased square feet of pervious concrete, which is brushed only to remove snow, reduces amount of chemical de-icers needed. Currently CWRU uses Hydronic Concrete snowmelt (mixture of anti-freeze and hot water sent through flexible piping embedded in concrete to keep a surface temperature of 40 degrees F); this also elimnates the need for de-icers, improving quality of water run-off.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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