|Overall Rating||Bronze - expired|
|Submission Date||June 28, 2017|
Concordia College - Moorhead
OP-9: Landscape Management
|1.01 / 2.00||
Grounds Services Supervisor
Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
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||80 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||1 Acres|
|Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques)||0 Acres|
|Total area of managed grounds||81 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):
The excluded land includes footprint of buildings, impervious surfaces and athletic fields.
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:
It is the goal of the IPM program to reduce the use of chemicals in the landscape while maintaining a healthy and aesthetically pleasing landscape. We use an action threshold for herbicide, insecticide and fungicide use. Part of the program also involves soil testing for needed fertilization, planting appropriate turf varieties to minimize susceptibility to disease and we are also looking into drought tolerant varieties of turf to reduce water use.
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:
The campus organic garden and high tunnel located on approximately 1 acre of land in the corner of campus does not use any inorganic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides.
A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
The Campus Master Plan establishes a plan to "celebrate [nature] by relying on native plant materials characteristic of the upper Midwest." The list of plants from which grounds plantings are selected creates a guideline "toward the creation of a more purposeful, unified, and sustainable campus landscape." The selective use of native species is the first consideration for the selection of tree and shrub species.
A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
The campus utilizes a natural filatration pond for snowmelt and a rain garden to filter parking lot runoff.
A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):
All of our green waste is taken to the city composting site. This includes grass clippings, leaves, dead plant material and branches. The branches are run through a chipper by the city and used as wood mulch.
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 (e.g. use of environmentally preferable landscaping materials, initiatives to reduce the impacts of ice and snow removal, wildfire prevention):
We monitor winter conditions and use appropriate ice melt products. Our main concern is safety of the individuals walking on campus. We do use a liquid potassium acetate solution which is less toxic to the environment, however because of the severity of our winter there are times when the temperature is below zero and only sand and calcium chloride will work. We do try to only spot treat icy areas rather than blanket spread the sand/salt whenever possible. As we haul snow from campus it is piled in a parking lot designed to recapture the sand and filter the water as it melts to minimize effects on the Red River drainage.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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