Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.54
Liaison Meghan Wrenn
Submission Date Aug. 8, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Endicott College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.15 / 2.00 Meghan Wrenn
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
235 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 199.75 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 35.25 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 235 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):
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
85

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

A significant part of the campus is wild, woods and undeveloped. For the purposes of this credit we have only included the developed portion of the campus.

Endicott recognizes that a range of pests can be problematic on the campus, both inside buildings and outdoors. These pests can be a nuisance, sometimes pose a health hazard, and are generally undesirable. Integrated Pest Management involves the coordinated use of biological and environmental information to design and implement pest control methods that are economically, environmentally, and socially sound.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
15

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:

Fifteen percent of the campus is completely organically landscaped, paying special attention to areas like our beaches and the Endicott Lakes. Our staff and volunteers are always working to fight back invasive plants with natural methods, as well as native plant species wherever possible.


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

Native species are used in all perennial plantings. Aggressive programs for controlling invasive species, particularly around wetlands, are in place.

The college has a grove of about 30 small American Chestnuts. Chestnuts used to make up 40% of the New England forest but are now ravaged by a blight. Endicott is working with the American Chestnut Society to steward the trees that remain.


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

Endicott is on a hill that naturally drains to the ocean. Stormwater is recharged using a system of ponds and underground detention basins. We use the pond to capture water.
Storm water is captured and treated in bioswales and rain gardens in three locations. Underground stormwater detention systems exist in three locations to capture stormwater and delay it's recharge consistent with pre-construction conditions.

The newest (190 space) parking lot uses pervious pavement on the 1000 foot driveway and the parking lot.


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

The campus grounds crew collects all grass, leaf, stick, and mulch trimmings. A hauling company brings this yard waste to Brick Ends Farm in Hamilton, MA to be composted.


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

All of the major post lamps have been converted to LED. Parking lots and most outdoor lights have been converted to LED. Astronomical clocks control lights so they are only on when it is dark.


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):

The college uses sand for ice in many locations. On the new large parking lot, alternatives to salt are being employed.


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