Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.46
Liaison Gabrielle Lommel
Submission Date Dec. 16, 2020

STARS v2.2

Concordia College - Moorhead
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.01 / 2.00 Dallas Fossum
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Total campus area:
120 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 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 80 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 81 Acres

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

The excluded land includes footprint of buildings, impervious surfaces and athletic fields.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

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.

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.

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 landscape materials management and waste minimization:

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:

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.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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