Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.93
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date May 9, 2019
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Champlain College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Tom Bonnette
Physical Plant
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
27.30 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 0 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) 27.30 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 27.30 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):

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:

We do not have a formalized IPM, but our general practice is that we do not use pesticides or herbicides on campus, except in extreme cases.

Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:

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:

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

As outlined in our Landscape Master Plan

p. 45-46: Perhaps due to the difficult growing conditions encountered on the College’s grounds, a number of recent plantings include species that are easy to find in the landscape trade, reasonably priced, and tough as nails. Unfortunately, some of these plants are also recognized as invasive non-native species and are no longer recommended for planting in the northeast. Although inconvenient, because a number of landscape stalwarts have been eliminated from the available planting palette, there is no question that certain invasive landscape management non-natives are harmful to the environment in the long run and should be removed from the College’s grounds. More on removal of invasives can be found on pages 47-49.

Appendix A (p. 57-62) offers suggested planting palate, highlighting local species. Many of these have been used for recent landscaping projects around new construction areas including the Finney Quad residential area, Perry Hall, and the Center for Communication & Creative Media.

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

As outlined in our Landscape Master Plan & Stormwater Master Plan

p. 54: Champlain College is part of an urban watershed that drains into Lake Champlain.
Runoff from impervious surfaces on the campus enters a municipal stormwater system
operated by the City of Burlington. The City’s main plant continues to operate a
combined sewer outfall (CSO) into the lake, which is also the source of Burlington’s
drinking water. With the construction of new buildings on Champlain College’s campus,
the College’s contribution to the municipal system will grow. As a matter of good
environmental stewardship, the College should seek ways to reduce its dependence
on the municipal stormwater system, and explore alternative futures for the water that
currently runs from its grasp. Dealing responsibly with stormwater is decreasingly a
matter of choice, as State permit requirements for stormwater discharge move closer to
meeting stringent EPA mandates. The green roof constructed as part of the new Student
Life Complex represents a positive step toward increasing the amount of stormwater
that remains on site, closing an important loop in the hydrologic cycle, and pointing the
way for future development.


As Champlain College plans for the future, an important issue will be the proper management of storm water. This report summarizes the nature of storm water the campus experiences, identifies specific opportunities for storm water management, proposes general campus guidelines and lists known storm water issues on the campus. Also included is a summary of storm water permitting that will likely be required for projects of significance and a storm water maintenance plan.
While many of the opportunities and improvements proposed are located solely on campus owned land, some depend on the purchase of property or acquiring of easements to enact. Likewise, there are other entities, such as Burlington Planning and Zoning and the Department of Public Works which will need to be consulted with as these improvement concepts are further developed and evaluated.

Develop a master plan approach to managing storm water on the campus of Champlain College as follows:
• Work with the master plan team and College to identify alternative potential storm water management opportunities.
• Develop campus standards for storm water maintenance practices and future
improvement projects at the College.
• Work with College staff to develop a list of specific storm water issues. Prioritize the list
and work with the College to address the issues.
• Summarize storm water and related permit considerations.
• Summarize storm water maintenance plan considerations.

Key recent projects include:
* Constructed wetland, permeable paving on walkways, and greenroof at Perry Hall (2011)
* Swales / Rain gardens in Finney Quad (2013)

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

Lawn and garden debris is composted, also all woody debris goes to the McNeil electricity
generating plant for fuel.

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

LED-lights for exterior usage.

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):

We use a product called "Natural Alternatives Ice Melt" which claims to use less amounts of calcium chloride (salt) than other products, and meets LEED guidelines, laid out by the US Green Building Council for all sidewalks and driveways.

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

Champlain is required to meet the City of Burlington's lot coverage requirement ~45%-50% for institutional zone. Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas was calculated by total campus acreage x 45%.

Perry constructed wetland became a Wild for Pollinators area (December 2016) http://vcgn.org/wild-for-pollinators/

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