Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.72
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date May 12, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

James Madison University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Abram Kaufman
Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management Engineering & Sustainability
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
791 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 791 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) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 791 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):
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
100

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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:

Per JMU Policy 1701, “native and drought-tolerant plants that require no or minimal minimal watering once established should be purchased.” In addition, plants which demonstrate no invasive tendencies are used. Once planted, a 4-4-2 organic fertilizer is used when planting and applied as needed for the health of the plant.


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

As part of regional partnerships with Eastern Mennonite University, the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, and the local city, JMU has completed over 4,000 linear feet of natural stream restoration on campus and implemented 100,000 square feet of riparian buffers along these streams. As part of the recent stream restoration project completed in 2016 in the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, approximately 11,700 square feet of constructed wetlands were installed to help treat stormwater runoff from a highly impervious area of the city.


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

In March 2016, JMU’s Facilities Management partnered with Mission Mulch to send brush, leaves, and wood to be ground into mulch or composted. In total, JMU has diverted over 412 tons of wood/brush and 233 cubic yards of leaves from landfills and purchases some of the mulch produced.


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):

As also stated in Policy 1701, landscape structures will be constructed of recycled content materials whenever feasible. In addition, the use of mulch and compost from regionally generated plant debris and/or food waste will be given preference. An example of such a partnership to use local mulch materials is the partnership to buy mulch produced from Mission Mulch, a site where JMU sends brush, leaves, and wood as noted above.


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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