Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colgate University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.66 / 2.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Total campus area:
2,169 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 1,172 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 108 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 200 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 1,480 Acres

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

Colgate has just over 300 acres of farmland that the university leases to local farmers. These are not included in the above area of managed grounds. Likewise, we have excluded the building footprints and paved surfaces.

Additionally, building footprints and impervious surfaces were excluded from these totals.

In the summer of 2022, Colgate is undertaking a GIS campus mapping research project that will turn these estimates into hard numbers and data.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

Our campus grounds, buildings, and landscaping are lined with all local and native tree species, shrubs, and flower gardens. We do not irrigate our campus grounds and we do not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides on 1,172 acres of managed land. In 2011, we incorporated an additional 20 acres of conventionally managed land and placed into meadow restoration through a reduced mowing regime. We do not treat this land with any chemicals.

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:

Colgate University recently expanded our practice of IPM principles on campus grounds to include additional areas around our built environment.

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

Colgate makes every effort to minimize the use of chemicals on campus and implement IPM practices to ensure that our landscaping is healthy with native plants.

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

Colgate does not irrigate campus grounds and uses retention ponds and native plantings to reduce stormwater runoff.

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

All of Colgate's grass trimmings are mulched up during the mowing process, we do not collect clippings. Furthermore, all tree limbs and yard waste is collected, chipped, and used to provide energy in our wood-fired boiler.

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

Since 2011, we have incorporated about 20 acres into a reduced mow regime.

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

We have replaced road salt with magnesium chloride that is more environmentally benign.

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

Actively Managed Land:
Forested land: 1,059 acres (Sustainable Landscape)
Mowed lawn: 150 acres (Conventional)
Golf course: 175.5 acres
35.5 acres (IPM)
90 acres (Sustainable Landscape)
50 acres (Conventional)
Brush hog: 15 acres (Sustainable Landscape)
Willow plot: 8 acres (Sustainable Landscape)
Community Garden: 0.5 acres (IPM)
IPM: 72 acres
TOTAL Actively Managed Land: 1,480 acres

IPM: 108 acres
Sustainable Landscape Management (no chemicals): 1,172 acres
Conventional: 200 acres

Leased agricultural land (excluded from management): 300 acres

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