Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 44.86
Liaison Elisabeth Reed
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Illinois State University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Gig Supanichrattana
Administrative Associate
Facilities Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
198.30 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) Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 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):


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:

Like many other educational institutions, ISU utilizes Integrated Pest Control (IPM) to ensure that pests are controlled in a safe and sanitary manner in accordance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

IPM is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls. In practicing IPM, affected parties who are aware of the potential for pest infestation follow these steps:

IPM uses a common sense approach that:

identifies pests and their natural enemies;

establishes an ongoing monitoring and record keeping system for regular sampling and assessment of pest and natural enemy populations;

determines the pest population levels that can be tolerated based on aesthetic, economic and health concerns, and sets action thresholds where pest populations or environmental conditions warrant remedial action;

prevents pest problems through improved sanitation, management of waste, addition of physical barriers, and the modification of habitats that attract or harbor pests;

relies, to the greatest extent possible, on non-toxic, biological, cultural or mechanical pest management methods, or on the use of natural control agents;

when necessary, uses chemical pesticides, with preference for products that are the least harmful to human health and the environment such as baits; and

records and reports pest populations, surveillance techniques and remedial actions taken.

All pest sightings on campus should be reported to supervisory personnel or residence hall staff. They will work with ISU's current pest control provider, American Pest Control, to develop an appropriate course of action for elimination and prevention of pests.

Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:

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:

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

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

Permeable pavement, bioswales, rain garden

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

In a cooperative project with the Town of Normal, Illinois State takes all of its untreated wood waste to the Town to be mulched with yard waste from residential collection. In return, the University stores excess mulch on campus and purchases the grinding blades. The mulch is available for town residents and the University to use. In fact Illinois State uses it in its 27 acres of mulched beds.

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

The university white-tops parking lots as they are resurfaced. The white topping mitigates the heat effect, and provides reflective value making our parking lot lighting more effective.

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):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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