Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.46
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Connecticut College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.03 / 2.00 Glenn Dreyer
Director of the Arboretum
Connecticut College Arboretum
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
750 Acres

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 167 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 5 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 172 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):

Excluded are undeveloped property including Arboretum Natural Areas, Arboretum Management Areas and the Native Plant Collection.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
97.09

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
A brief description of the IPM program:

See attached file


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
2.91

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:

For approx. 5 acres of turf in the Native Plant Collection and Caroline Black Garden we follow NOFA Organic Landcare Standards.


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

The CC Arboretum has written policies for plant collection development and management, for invasive species, for mitigating construction damage to landscapes, among others. We manage a 30 native plant collection established in 1931, and favor regionally native species in most new campus landscaping projects.


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

The Arboretum protects approximately 583 acres including fresh and tidal wetlands, streams, ponds and vernal pools. Most roof drains on campus buidlings lead either to the ground surface or to dry wells. There is a demonstration bioswale in the Native Plant Collection.


A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):

Lawns are mowed with mulching blades, clippings left in place. All leaves picked up in fall are composted on site. All woody debris is chipped and used in landscape operations.


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

Sand is used instead of salt in some areas of campus.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data obtained from arboretum bulletins, annual reports and policies.

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