Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.32
Liaison Lindsay Walker
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Humber College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Lindsay Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
51.95 Hectares

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 Hectares
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 Hectares
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 51.95 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 51.95 Hectares

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

Humber's North Campus Arboretum Landscape Management plan is dependent on season and weather. The plan includes the following practices:
• Use of dormant oil sprays and selective pruning to remove or limit overwintering pests and diseases.
• Identify and monitor known pests and diseases using phenology checklists, landscape reports from OMAFRA and visual inspection previous infestations
• Identify beneficial insects, reptiles and amphibians and encourage habitat through planting of native and host plant species, timing of plant cleanup (leaving leaf and plant litter as nesting and overwintering sites)
• Physical removal of pests through manual and mechanical means to maintain an acceptable threshold of damage.
• Remove of plants that cannot be maintained at an acceptable level and replanting with more resistant types.
• Use of insecticidal soaps and other sanctioned plant health additions and strategies such as neem oil, aerated compost tea, correct amounts of organic fertilizers and adequate watering.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0

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

The parking lots at Humber College North Campus were landscaped following the City of Toronto's Design Guidelines for 'Greening' Surface Parking Lots. Among the 200 trees and 1000 shrubs installed, three-quarters were selected from the guide's Native Species Planting List.
Humber's Arboretum has specific areas that have been designated as native plant materials only. This does not call for the removal of all exotic species only of invasive ones.
• Plants are sourced from nurseries that can identify their seed source and falls within the seed zones closest to our location –zones 37, 34, 33, 32.
• Areas surrounding the ponds are planted with native herbaceous and woody species specific to habitat.
• Other areas of the site –select native species for use if suitable.


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

Humber College has a composting program that uses most of its landscaping waste as mulch, and the rest is composted. Grass clippings, leaves, and small plant trimmings are composted on site within the Arboretum grounds at North campus. Grounds maintenance staff use a mulching mower to clip grass. Other mulch material such as tree limbs and branches are chipped and used on garden beds.


A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
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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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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