|Submission Date||Dec. 7, 2016|
OP-9: Landscape Management
Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
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||20 Acres|
|Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques)||280 Acres|
|Total area of managed grounds||300 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):
368.76 acres of the natural lands are used exclusively for research and recreation.
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:
There is not a formal policy, but Facilities Grounds employs Integrated Pest Management techniques and turf management practices to greatly minimize use of pesticides and fertilizers.
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:
This area consists of low mow turf that is not treated for weeds or pests using any chemicals, nor is it fertilized.
A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
For the co-designed landscape plan for the LEED Platinum-certified Peggy R. Williams Center, the contracted landscape architect, Trowbridge and Wolf, specified the use of only native plants.
A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
The college does not have any installed irrigation systems, and only sets up portable irrigation in the summer to irrigate our athletic fields to help minimize injuries to our student-athletes. Campus lawns do not receive any sort of irrigation, and are plant and flower beds are watered using mostly reclaimed water.
A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):
Groundskeeping waste is composted, although exact numbers for tonnage are not available.
A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
We have implemented several green-roofs to reduce the heat-island effect and also rely heavily on native plantings.
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):
Ithaca College used environmentally-friendly ice-melt in areas immediately surrounding buildings. We also use the more environmentally-friendly bulk salt, "Clear Lane," for all other areas of campus. We use a fleet of rotary brooms to remove smaller accumulations of snow to help further minimize the need for salt.
For those areas where we use fertilizer, we use only polyon, time-released fertilizer which is applied using a small calibrated machine to minimize over spray and the total amount used.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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