|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Dec. 8, 2015|
OP-10: Landscape Management
|1.30 / 2.00||
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
|Total campus area||350 Acres|
|Footprint of the institution's buildings||18.44 Acres|
|Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas||220 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||97 Acres|
|Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected||0 Acres|
A copy of the IPM plan:
The IPM plan :
McNeely Pest Control has made an audit plan based on budget. Baiting stations are used for the prevention and spread of termites and for the control of unwanted rodents. Pesticides of any type are used on an absolutely minimal basis. Mechanical/physical means of pest control is generally practiced.
A brief summary of the institution’s approach to sustainable landscape management:
The campus landscape is managed under the guidelines of a professionally produced Campus Landscape Master Plan (Van Yahres). This plan dictates that native species are used almost exclusively. Organic fertilizers, compost and compost tea are used as soil fertility amendments. The campus tree population is managed to protect priority trees at the highest budgetary level.
A brief description of how the institution protects and uses existing vegetation, uses native and ecologically appropriate plants, and controls and manages invasive species:
The campus landscape is managed under the guidelines of a professionally produced Campus Landscape Master Plan (Van Yahres). With few exceptions, all of the trees that are planted are native deciduous hardwoods. Most shrubs are common to the area as well, and require minimal irrigation and pesticide use. Invasive species are mechanically removed when possible.
A brief description of the institution’s landscape materials management and waste minimization policies and practices:
All disposed of plant materials are chipped. Some of this material is used as mulch to retain moisture and for weed control. Leaves collected from the landscape during fall are actively managed to produce leaf mold and used as a soil conditioner or is mixed with food waste compost to produce high quality compost. This compost is used as a top-dressing during turf renovations and on the campus farm as a soil amendment.
A brief description of the institution’s organic soils management practices:
In-organic fertilizers are used only on the 16 acres of athletic fields. The remaining managed landscape is managed using organic fertilizers, compost or compost tea. Harvested rain water is primarily used for plant and flower irrigation. Only plant safe snow and ice management materials are used during inclement weather.
A brief description of the institution’s use of environmentally preferable materials in landscaping and grounds management:
In-organic fertilizers are used only on the 16 acres of athletic fields. The remaining managed landscape is managed using locally produced organic fertilizers, compost or compost tea. Harvested rain water is primarily used for plant and flower irrigation. All benches and trash/recycling receptacles are made from recycled plastics.
A brief description of how the institution restores and/or maintains the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus:
Piping is used only as a last resort. Efforts are made to control water run-off and erosion using vegetative means and proper grading. Rain water is harvested for use in irrigation.
A brief description of how the institution reduces the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal (if applicable):
Only environmentally safe ice melt products are used during inclement weather.
A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:
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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