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Submission Date March 23, 2015
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Colorado State University
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Carol Dollard
Energy Engineer
Facilities Management
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 2,313 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 113 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 1,499 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
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 700 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 1 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

The university Facilities Management Outdoor Services Group (OSG) strives to limit the application of insecticides to control insect populations, and employs both Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Plant Health Care (PHC) practices to that end.
Core Principles of CSU's IPM include:
Managing to acceptable pest levels (control not eradication of pests)
Preventative cultural practices, including selection of best varieties for pest resistance
Monitoring of pest populations
Mechanical controls
Biological controls, including the use of beneficial insects, and other organisms
Responsible use of pesticides

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

Pest populations management utilizes the most suitable IPM and PHC techniques including: cultural, fertilization, irrigation, release of beneficial insects, insect monitoring, resistant plant varieties, and plant diversity. Insecticide usage is generally limited to campus trees, and only for insects that directly influence tree mortality. These applications are timed to the insect’s life cycle.

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

CSU uses native and adapted plants on all of its new buildings and/or remodeling projects on campus.

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

All green waste on campus is composted and is put into a green waste recycling roll-off taken to a local composter. Additionally, the campus grinds our own trees and uses it as mulch. All grass clippings remain on the ground as compost.

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

The only area managed organically is the on-campus student sustainable organic garden.

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

CSU follows all of these practices on all of the 700 acres of actively managed ornamental landscape, both out a concern for the environment and the health of the campus community, but also because we do not budget for chemical control of insects and other pests.

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

As described in the water management credits, CSU has a number of natural buffer systems, and works with storm water runoff and wetlands remediation projects to address concerns for the natural hydrology of the campus.

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

In 2010, CSU purchased smaller equipment; able to sand the campus instead of relying solely on ice melt. And in 2013 the university built a contained storage facility for ice melt to prevent exposure to the elements.

During the winter season, Grounds is responsible for all snow and ice removal. Our primary emphasis is to maintain as safe a walking surface as possible.

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

Is the institution recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program (if applicable)?:

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management programs and practices is available:

Note that the acreage listed in this credit does not match the total campus acres listed in the Institutional Characteristics. This is due to the fact that as a land grant university Colorado State has multiple agricultural research facilities. Those farms & ranches are included in the acreage listed under IC2; however since they are not included in this credit concerning "landscape management" the acreage listed here does not include those facilities. The total acreage listed here in OP-10 includes the three main Colorado State campuses in the Fort Collins area (Main, South & Foothills).

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