Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.90
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Gulf Coast University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.43 / 2.00 Kathleen Crawford
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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Total campus area:
1,052.84 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 448.24 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 604.60 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 1,052.84 Acres

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

The Physical Plant Grounds Department handles pests outside and Terminex handles pests inside buildings. The Grounds Department is notified by campus users through the Work Managment System when pest populations exceed tolerable thresholds. Rattlesnake populations are carefully monitored by faculty and students in the science departments and they are in close collaboration with the Grounds Department. Exotic species are considered pests and removed continually. Any problematic wildlife is dealt with through a relocation process. Please see the attached IPM plan for more information. Only select areas of campus, such as the Recreational fields and Great Lawn do not use the four-tiered IPM approach for management.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

The remainder of FGCU's property are conservation areas and areas kept in its natural state.

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 attached

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

see attached

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

see attached

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

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

The academic buildings are designed with covered walkways which create a barrier between the direct sunlight and the building and helps reduce the amount of energy needed for air conditioning. All buildings are painted to reflect sunlight and decrease heat islands.

A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:


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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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