Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.04
Liaison Jodi Kennedy
Submission Date July 5, 2022

STARS v2.2

Georgia Southern University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Philip Schretter
Superintendent of Grounds Operations
Planning, Design & Construction / Grounds (S & A/L)
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Total campus area:
416 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 0 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 280 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 280 Acres

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

A total of 136 acres of land are not managed by an IPM program. This area is made up of 82 acres of undeveloped land that is not regularly maintained plus 22 acres are roads and parking lots and 32 acres of building footprints.


Percentage of grounds managed organically:
0

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
100

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

Pesticide use on campus is minimal. We have a high tolerance for insect pests and most never reach threshold populations requiring the use of insecticides. Mole crickets are the most dominant insect pests we encounter and are treated at the time of egg hatch in the spring when they are most susceptible. Annual weeds in turf and landscape beds are controlled with pre-emergent herbicides reducing the amount of post-emergent herbicides required.


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

The Armstrong Campus has been designated an Arboretum and increasing plant diversity on campus, both native and non-native, is the focus of our approach to plant stewardship. Research is conducted on the potential for invasiveness on all plants before they are selected to be planted on campus.


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

All turf on campus is mowed with mulching decks and all clippings are allowed to decompose in place. All landscaped areas are mulched with pine straw. New mulch is placed directly on old mulch allowing decomposing pine straw to return to the soil. Leaves from deciduous trees are either mowed over with mulching decks or blown into shrub and tree beds and allowed to decompose. These strategies allow us to almost eliminate supplemental fertilizer application in landscape beds.


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

All irrigation on campus is zoned to apply water to either turf, landscape beds or ornamental beds.
Since their water usages are different, we can apply irrigation more precisely with less waste. Most of the irrigation systems on campus are integrated into our central irrigation controller which allows us to manage use from our desktop computers or mobile devices. All systems on campus have rain sensors to prevent irrigation from operating during or immediately after rain events.


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

All landscape waste, including branches, logs, weeds, leaves, etc. are placed in an on-campus compost area.


A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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