Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Jenny Isler
Submission Date March 1, 2021

STARS v2.2

Clark University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Jenny Isler
Director of Sustainability
Physical Plant / Facilities
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Total campus area:
52 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 0 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 52 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 52 Acres

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

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

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:

Through intensive monitoring, we are able to determine pest response threshold levels. Along with monitoring, record keeping is an important keystone of our program. Accurate records can be a valuable aid and can help determine the approach needed in order to keep our practices in the best sustainable manner.

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

As a small, compact urban campus, Clark does not have extensive landscaping or open space. On campus many of the trees and shrubs may date back to the beginning of the University in the early 1900's, and there are no invasive species. We steward these specimens carefully with an updated inventory and a management plan in coordination with an outside vendor. When considering new landscaping or replacements, we prioritize hardy, disease and insect-resistant cultivars and native species due to their resilience and low maintenance. Gardens designed by students include rain garden and three wildlife/biodiversity/native species gardens. Clark's nearby Hadwen Arboretum is an undisturbed urban woodland, not an arboretum per se but it used as educational space to identify species and study fungi.

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

As an urban campus with well-established old trees and shrubs, we rely on rainwater for much of the irrigation in larger areas. In the past few years we phased in an updated multi-zone irrigation system that is controlled with remote technology and also includes soil moisture and weather sensors to reduce water use. New LEED construction does not include irrigation at all. We comply with EPA and Mass DEP other regulations when doing renovations and construction; as an urban campus we pay considerable attention to mitigating storm water run-off. We are phasing in permeable surfaces where possible as replacement occurs.

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

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:


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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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