Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.30
Liaison Bo Solomon
Submission Date March 31, 2021
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Drexel University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.28 / 2.00 Bo Solomon
University Sustainability Officer
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
29.95 Hectares

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 1.29 Hectares
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 0 Hectares
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 3.36 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 4.65 Hectares

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 areas are building footprints and roadways. We maintain cleanliness and safety in parking lots, loading docks, plazas and permeable paving surfaces.

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:

Integrated Pest Management is practiced throughout the entire University. Our contracted vendors are asked to monitor, identify, and control pests in the most chemical free and environmentally friendly way possible. Only in rare cases are chemicals used to treat any pests on our campus and those must go through an Environmental Health & Safety review prior to implementation. Prevention is our number one tool in pest control and to that end we educate our users in ways to keep their areas pest free so that exterminators are not needed (timely removal of waste, keeping areas free of clutter & debris). We also incorporate horticutural techniques in our landscape maintenance that require little to no chemical use to control insects and weeds. It is our goal to limit the use of chemicals whenever possible and instead rely on techniques like proper pruning and plant selection.

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:

For all new trees planted, a mixture of microbial soil amendments are added to the soil along with compost, instead of inorganic fertilizers. We use a liquid version of the microbial stimuland for any trees that are showing signs of stress, timed with the appropriate growth cycle of the tree

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

On all new and renovated landscape areas, native plants are used whenever possible. We source our plant material from local greenhouses and landscape nurseries, most of which are within 50 miles of Philadelphia.

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

All of the University's irrigation systems incorporate rain sensors to trigger the system 'off' when rain is detected. On over half of the University's irrigation, soil moisture sensors are used as well to prevent irrigating areas that don't need it.

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

All organic waste generated from campus activities are collected and then hauled offsite by a vendor who operates a composting/mulching facility. This prevents our materials from being landfilled; we average over 60 tons of material per year.

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

There has been a focus recently to install native landscapes that are tolerant to the urban micro-climate. This reduces the overall need for water and care as the landscape matures. We are planting more shade trees to help combat the heat in the summer and wherever landscape lighting is installed, we spec LED fixtures with photocell controlled operation to reduce run time.

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 have made it a point to install native landscapes, with perennials and groundcovers grown locally and installed as plugs which require care and time to establish. Our use of annuals in large plantings has decreased in favor of perennial plantings and where possible we've begun to plant environmentally friendly species (ie. butterfly bush). In the winter, we identify areas throughout campus near landscaped areas & drainage swales where snow can be piled and that salts & de-icers will not be used.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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