Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.34
Liaison John Stolz
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Duquesne University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Gabriella Zuccolotto
Graduate Assistant
Center for Environmental Research & Education (CERE)
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Total campus area:
48 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 0 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 7 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 7 Acres

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

This data only includes campus greenspaces (excludes building footprints, parking lots, sidewalks, etc.)

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

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:

The Duquesne University Grounds department is dedicated to the concepts of IPM in our care for the campus grounds. We are guided in our IPM program just as we are in all of our daily horticultural operations by the concepts of Good Cultural Practices.

IPM practices have been adopted on campus in the care of ornamental beds and lawn areas. Licensed and trained employees inspect plants and lawns daily. Problem areas are treated with chemicals if significant concern rises for the health of the plant. The grounds crew uses a tree injection system, which treats our trees systemically, rather than spraying chemicals into the air. This injection system is efficient in treating plants with small, but concentrated doses of the product.

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

Duquesne University is dedicated to creating high quality and high performing landscapes by designing with plantings to create a cohesive campus aesthetic, using the landscape to frame key views and screen less-desirable ones, considering maintenance implications before plantings, and selecting plants for seasonal interest, designing for maximum effect when classes are in session. Landscaping should consist of 50 percent native plants or plants adapted to the region.

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

Duquesne University uses plant species suited for the climate and that are low water use plants. Additionally the University utilizes the living landscape as an opportunity to reduce pollutant loads.

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:

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

Duquesne University avoids using tall massings of shrubs as they require excessive trimming and maintenance as well as limit site visibility.
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A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:

Duquesne works to reduce the use of fertilizers on campus and to use slow release fertilizers to reduce fertilizer runoff.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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