Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 41.01
Liaison Chad Carwein
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

East Carolina University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Chad Carwein
University Sustainability Manager
HSC Facilities Services
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
1,404.70 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 0 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 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 1,248.50 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 1,248.50 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):

1,404.7 acres (total campus area) - 156.2 acres (building footprint) = 1,248.5 acres

1,248.5 acres (total - building footprint) - _____ acres impervious surface = ______ acres

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:


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:


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

ECU Grounds Crew has developed a Tree Management Plan. Tree bags are used to retain moisture around newly planted trees. Controlled burns take place at the Voice of America (VOA) or West Research Campus each year around November or December.

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

List of rain water cisterns at ECU:
a. Croatan – 10,000 gallons
b. Smith-Williams Center – 15,000 gallons
c. (2) Grounds Services – 5,000 gallons/each
d. Building 43 – 3,000 gallons
e. West Research Campus – 3,000 gallons

BMP’s on campus:
a. Belk parking lot constructed wetland
b. Carol Belk bioretention area
c. Rec Center bioretention area
d. Umstead Hall bioretention area
e. Croatan bioretention area
f. Permeable paver project at Jenkins Art
g. Permeable paver project for Starbucks truck
h. 14th Street parking lot permeable pavers
i. Student Plaza Drive permeable pavers
j. Permeable asphalt Scott Hall
k. Wet pond Ross Hall
l. Wet pond West Grounds complex
m. Wet pond Service Learning Center – Ahoskie
n. Wet pond Service Learning Center – Lumberton
o. Constructed Wetland Service Learning Center – Brunswick

North Recreational Complex Ponds: These are retention ponds that collect the water from the roads, walks, parking lots and the fields. They are then used to irrigate the landscape at the complex, including the fields. It is on the IQ system to maximize water use.

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

Small limbs are chipped and reused as mulching material on campus. Other refuse is taken to the county landfill where it is composted and available to residents for free.

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

The ECU Construction Guidelines contain recommendations for using vegetation to provide windbreaks as well as preserving large trees on-site to maintain shade cover of buildings.

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):

Rain Bird IQ Irrigation System: Installed and in operation efficiently at the Smith – Williams Center. We are complete with the installation of the new components at the North Recreational Complex and the football field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Components have been purchased and waiting on the installation at the Blount Intramural Fields, the Service Learning Center in Davidson County and the 14th Street parking lot. Planning for future expansion of other IQ systems on campus is underway. This system will allow the University to save a significant amount of water by running multiple zones at one time. In addition, the system will identify and shut off the water to leaks while the system is running. This will prevent wasted water and possible safety concerns with a blowout. All clocks will be able to be controlled from one place. Selected individuals will have the capability to turn on and off systems from their house. The system, through a weather station, will calculate the evapotranspiration (ET) rate for a day and only water the fields as needed. This will certainly help our cause when we have another drought and the State wants us to cease all watering.

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

Data Source: John Gill, Grounds Director and Landscape Architect

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