Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.34
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

James Madison University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Avery Smith
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Engineering and Construction
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Total campus area:
728.13 Acres

Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds:
Area (double-counting is not allowed)
Area managed organically, without the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides 0 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 728.13 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 728.13 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

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:
The purpose of JMU'S IPM plan is to guide the use of environmentally sensitive pest management strategies and least-toxic control methods at JMU. Integrated Pest Management is defined as managing pests (plants, fungi, insects, and/or animals) in a way that protects human health and the surrounding environment and that improves economic returns through the most effective, least-risk option. Core elements of JMU IPM include: -Use of least-toxic chemical pesticides -Minimum use of chemicals -Use of chemicals and pesticides only in targeted locations and for targeted species -Routine inspection and monitoring -Proactive communication

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 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 landscape materials management and waste minimization:
Beginning in spring of 2016, JMU’s Facilities Management partnered with local vender Mission Mulch to send brush and wood to be ground into mulch or composted. JMU then purchased a portion of this material back to be used on campus. This partnership ended sometime in calendar year 2019. In fiscal year 2019, JMU sent 476 tons of tree/brush material to Mission Mulch.

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

A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:
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.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Per STARS guidance, reports for this credit should be current at the time of submission. Total campus area was retrieved from JMU GIS property layers on November 8, 2021.

Per STARS guidance, reports for this credit should be current at the time of submission. Total campus area was retrieved from JMU GIS property layers on November 8, 2021.

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