Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.19
Liaison Lissette Hernandez
Submission Date May 13, 2016
Executive Letter Download

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Florida International University
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 573 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 224.40 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 0 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 0 Acres
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 348.60 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

Integrated Pest Management practices are used on all of FIU's grounds. Our IPM plan is an approach to solving pest problems by applying knowledge about the pest to prevent them from damaging the landscape. IPM means responding to pest problems with the most effective least risk option. Under an IPM approach, actions are taken to control insects, disease or weed problems only when their numbers exceed acceptable levels. These methods are done in three stages: prevention, observation, and intervention. When considering these actions, all pest management methods should be reviewed including natural, biological, mechanical, cultural and finally chemical means.

A brief summary of the institution’s approach to sustainable landscape management:

FIU adheres to the Best Management Practices for landscape and irrigation management. Examples include:
•Planted littoral zones on certain lake banks
•Added to the nature preserve area (cypress dome)
•Stopped the use of flowering annuals
•Use mulch to help retain soil moisture and inhibit weed growth
•Do not collect grass clippings (recycle clippings)
•BMP for irrigation management (adhere to or beat the SFWMD policies, installed rain sensors and water flow meters on all irrigation systems)
•Use an IPM approach to pest control
•Apply the use of both organic and inorganic fertilizers in a responsible manner and on an as needed basis
•Choose the right plant for right location
•Removal of all invasive exotic species such as Florida Holly etc.

A brief description of how the institution protects and uses existing vegetation, uses native and ecologically appropriate plants, and controls and manages invasive species:

FIU strives to use native plants whenever possible. Using native plants help conserve water and also generally require less maintenance and minimize the need for fertilizers and pesticides.

FIU has made major strides in recent years to incorporate more native plants into the landscaping throughout all of its campuses. With functional and attractive features like bioswales, native littoral zones, butterfly gardens, and mangrove areas, FIU is providing much needed food, shelter, and breeding habitat for wildlife.

In the event a non-native species is chosen, the alternative species chosen would be a non-invasive naturalized plant/tree that fits the right plant for the right location and often meets or exceeds native plantings.

A brief description of the institution’s landscape materials management and waste minimization policies and practices:

FIU's landscape material management helps minimize waste with the following practices:
• We no longer use flowering annuals.
•The mulch we use helps retain soil moisture, prevent soil erosion, and conserves water.
•We grasscycle rather than collect and discard grass clippings.
•BMP for irrigation management (adhere to or beat the SFWMD policies, installed rain sensors and water flow meters on all irrigation systems. )
•Plant longevity is extended by choosing the right plant for right location.
•Materials such as bagged mulch are purchased in bulk shipments.
•Irrigation comes from storm water retention ponds.
•FIU's organic garden has partnered with dining services to recover pre-consumer food waste for compost that is used to amend the garden soils.
•FIU Nature Preserve trimmings are cut and left in place or within the preserve to decompose in place and reduce waste. Invasive seeding plants are discarded if not suitable for compost or decomposing in place.
•Some sloped areas of turf are being leveled and converted to native butterfly gardens reducing turf management requirements.

A brief description of the institution’s organic soils management practices:

Not Applicable

A brief description of the institution’s use of environmentally preferable materials in landscaping and grounds management:

As an environmentally preferable material, FIU uses a FloriMulch throughout campus grounds and landscapes. This material is made from 100% from Melaleuca, an exotic invasive tree to our native wetlands. Uniquely cured to eliminate burrowing nematode. State Certified Nematode Free by Florida Department of Agriculture. Tested by the University of Florida to be termite resistant. Endorsed by Friends of the Everglades and favored by those groups that support our native environment.

A brief description of how the institution restores and/or maintains the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus:

Integrity of the natural hydrology at the BBC campus is partially being restored with a local government partnership. Ongoing work to remove invasive tree species such as Australian Pine and the soil were removed to plant mangroves that would help restore natural hydrology of the campus. The university also participates in similar projects in surrounding areas of Biscayne Bay that improve the natural processes.

A brief description of how the institution reduces the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal (if applicable):

A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:

Since 2010 the two main campuses of FIU, MMC and BBC, have annually recertified as a Tree Campus.

The BBC campus is situated along the Biscayne Bay fringed with state mangroves that are protected by conservation laws and this campus is adjoined to the Oleta River State Park.

Is the institution recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program (if applicable)?:

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management programs and practices is available:
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