Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.39
Liaison Connie Morales
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Claremont McKenna College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Kristin Miller
Admin
Roberts Environmental Center
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
69 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) 69 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 69 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):

Buldings, pavement for parking, streets, sidewalks.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
0

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:

While there is not an explicit IPM plan, the grounds staff considers the ecology of CMC and attempts to minimize pests using gardening practices to avoid the need for pesticides.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0

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

N/A. The institution does not have any invasive species.


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

Kravis Center has an underground drainage system to direct rainwater and allow water to percolate before entering the storm drain. Additionally, Roberts has BioSwales that concentrate and remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water.


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

The institution does not remove clippings when grass cutting. Regular tree trimmings and leaves have a green waste recycling program. Organic materials are re-used as mulch that is spread across campus.


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

The institution only waters the drought tolerant landscaped areas on campus that are necessary, instead of watering the entire campus on a daily basis.  We single out these particular areas daily and adjust the irrigation schedule accordingly. 

The CMC Grounds team has installed a new WeatherTrak system offers the latest in technology that continuously monitors our (500) schedules/stations on a daily basis and automatically adjusts the watering times according to ET, (evapotransporation rates) for each station on a daily basis. This has helped to save significant amounts of water campus-wide. In addition, the team is notified immediately by text, email, or phone alerts if the system should detect a leak, irrigation break or a stuck valve. The team can turn off the system immediately by cell phone or utilize the computer should we experience any of the above problems.


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):

Not applicable.


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