Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.37
Liaison Molly Blumhoefer
Submission Date July 27, 2016
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Central New Mexico Community College
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Jennie Davis
Project Manager
Facilities
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Area
Total campus area 335 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 28.93 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 119.28 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Area
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 0 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:
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The IPM plan :

CNM does not currently have an IPM plan in place.


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

CNM has been taking on a leadership role with regards to development of sustainable landscaping. CNM has implemented a landscaping plan that includes xeriscaping techniques in an effort to reduce water and maintenance to the CNM campus.


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

CNM has implemented a landscaping plan that includes xeriscaping techniques in an effort to reduce water and maintenance to the CNM campus. CNM strives to meet the requirements of the related LEED credits, specifically SSc5.1 Site Development - Protect or Restore Habitat and SSc5.2 Site Development - Maximize Open Space, whenever possible. The CNM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Neutrality Plan identified the following pertaining to management of invasive species:

Goal: Reduce use of toxic chemicals.

Relevant Actions: (a) Continually research use of non-toxic or less toxic chemicals. (b) Research commercial grade Green Seal Certified chemicals.


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

CNM does not currently have any policies in place for landscape waste minimization. Any plant material that is removed by cutting grass or pruning is placed in separate yard waste containers.


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

CNM does not currently have organic soil management practices in place.


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

CNM uses a Gro-Well City Mix provided by a local company called Western Organics. The City Mix is a compost consisting of sewage sludge and landscape remains. CNM uses native plants.


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

CNM strives to meet the requirements of the related LEED credits, specifically SSc6.1 Stormwater Design - Quantity Control and SSc6.2 Stormwater Design - Quality Control, whenever possible. The CNM Envionmental Sustainability and Climate Neutrality Plan identified the following pertaining to implementation of a reclaimed water system for landscape and development of a landscape irrigation and water strategy plan: management of invasive species:

Goal: Implement a reclaimed water system to landscape area across CNM campuses.

Relevant Actions: (a) Develop a reclaimed water plan for CNM. CNM does not need potable water for irrigation and should look at options when available to use reclaimed water in landscaping. (b) Review storm water and drainage at all campuses to see if opportunities exist to use storm water runoff in irrigation areas. (c) Review and develop a partnership with the local agencies such as the City of Albuquerque to use reclaimed water for certain landscaping areas and parking lots. (d) Develop a landscaping irrigation water strategy and outreach plan. The plan will outline best practices for landscape irrigation as well as a plan for educating grounds staff regarding best practices.

Goal: Develop a landscape irrigation and water strategy plan.

Relevant Actions: (a) Purchase and install water meters in all buildings as well as irrigation lines. Track information on a monthly basis to see water usage. (b) Sub meter the landscaping to obtain a better of water use. (c) Sub meter 100% of the buildings for water usage.

Goal: Have an educated campus community regarding sustainable landscaping initiatives.

Relevant Actions: Perform outreach to 100% of the incoming students and post signage with sustainable conservation messages. The outreach will stress ongoing behavioral changes that the campus community can take to reduce water usage.


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

CNM uses an ice melt called Premiere ICE-MELTER. This ice melt is non-corrosive and is safe for vegetation unlike ice melt that contains chloride.


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

Not applicable.


Is the institution recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program (if applicable)?:
No

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management programs and practices is available:
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The footprint of the institution's buildings includes our temporary buildings (portables).

No updates for summer 2016

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