Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.95
Liaison Chad Carwein
Submission Date Jan. 16, 2020

STARS v2.2

East Carolina University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.24 / 2.00 Chad Carwein
University Sustainability Manager
HSC Facilities Services
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Total campus area:
1,580 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 630 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 475 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 295 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 1,400 Acres

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

Main Campus: 400 acres
Health Science Campus: 214 acres
West Research Campus: 631 acres
North Rec Fields: 129 acres
Coastal Studies Institute: 199 acres
Greenhouse Site: 7 acres
Total campus acreage = 1580 acres

Total Campus Acreage - Building Footprint (160 acres) = 1420 acres

Remaining Campus Acreage - Impervious Surfaces (20 acres) = 1400 acres

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

The West Research Campus consists of a few small buildings, a road and parking lot, and minimal areas around the buildings which are maintained through conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices. The majority of the property is pocosin wetlands, which require very little management without the use of inorganic fertilizers and 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:

See attachment.

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 through February. As part of our effort to become a designated Bee Campus USA, we have also been planting many more native shrubs and pollinator gardens.

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
f. Main Campus Student Center - 13,000 gallons
g. North Recreation Complex - 15,000 gallons

BMP’s on campus:
a. Constructed Wetland - Belk Parking Lot
b. Bioretention Area - Carol Belk
c. Bioretention Area - Rec Center
d. Bioretention Area - Umstead Hall
e. Bioretention Area - Croatan
f. Permeable Pavers and Tree Box - Jenkins Art
g. Permeable Pavers - Starbucks Parking Pad outside Brewster
h. Permeable Pavers - 14th Street parking lot
i. Permeable Pavers - Student Plaza Drive
j. Permeable Asphalt - Scott Hall
k. Wet Pond - Ross Hall
l. Wet Pond - West Grounds Complex
m. Wet Pond - Service Learning Center in Ahoskie
n. Wet Pond - Service Learning Center in Lumberton
o. Constructed Wetland - Service Learning Center in Brunswick
p. Stormwater Retention System - Main Campus Student Center
q. Sand Filter - Jones Courtyard
r. Bioswales - Jones Residence Hall

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 landscape materials management and waste minimization:

Small limbs are chipped and reused as mulching material on campus. Other refuse is taken to the county landfill where it is mulched and made available to residents for free. Wood and stumps from cut down trees are given to the Art Department to fire their kilns.

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:

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 most recent addition to our Rain Bird IQ Irrigation system was equipment to put the mall on the system and this project used Energy Carry-Forward Funds from the State.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data Source:

John Gill, Grounds Director and Landscape Architect

Eugene Stano, Grounds Manager and Campus Arborist

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