Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 37.54
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Indiana University South Bend
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 James Mason
Assistant Director of Facilities
Facilities
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
120 Acres

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 0 Acres
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 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 40 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 40 Acres

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):

We excluded all impervious surface from the total area of managed grounds. This includes building footprints, curbs, sidewalks, parking lots, and roads, which in total equaled 80.0 acres. Subtracted from the total campus acreage of 120.0, the total managed grounds are 40.0 acres. We have categorized all of our managed acreage as “conventional.”


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

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

On earth day IUSB planted several trees native to the area and trees that have been lost due to natural reasons. IUSB does not anticipate any new construction that would disrupt any trees or vegetation.


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

IUSB campus mall lawn area is irrigated 3 times per week as needed. All of our storm drains are marked to remind individuals that IUSB's water runoff is routed directly to the river. This in an effort to avoid sending pollution to the St. Joseph River system which runs through our campus.


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

IUSB's Facilities Department does not compost mulch, or waste. All tree and bush trimmings are collected for recycling off campus. Lawn clippings are mulched by the lawnmowers as they are cut each week. All trash dumpsters are co located with recycling dumpsters. There are recycling containers in hallways offices, and near most entry ways.


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

Indiana University employs a Landscape Architecture design office, this office visits all IU campuses three to four times per year to offer guidance suggestions for improvement, and to help with any horticultural questions or issues. they also recommend new species for planting (appropriate native species).


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):

IUSB campus housing has a community garden with city mulch dedicated to the campus student volunteers for planting, management. All produce is given to students.


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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Data for this credit was retrieved from the Assistant Director of Facilities.

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