Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.13
Liaison Ronnie Dorsnie
Submission Date April 25, 2023

STARS v2.2

John Abbott College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Catherine Scheer
Manager - FMS
Facilities Management Services
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Total campus area:
1,600 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 1,600 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 1,600 Acres

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

Excluded from our grounds-keeping activities: footprint of buildings, artificial turf playing field.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

We share our campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Quebec) with McGill University (MacDonald Campus). We engage McGill to care for our grounds. McGill Campus Services maintains our grounds in accordance with their own organic landscape management policies.
They do not use chemical-based landscape management practices. Inorganic fertilizer is used in hanging plant baskets only because organic methods proved unsuccessful. Apart from this exception, no pesticides or herbicides are used on the campus. It is also worth noting that some Ash trees were treated for the Emerald Ash Borer with an organically based treatment product (made from Neem tree extract) injected directly into trees with no leakage. This product is considered to be of low environmental impact.
Dead leaves are collected in the fall for composting, and then spread onto campus green spaces once composted. Organic fertilizer is also used once in spring for planting flowers. Sometimes Mycorrhizae is used to plant new trees. No chemical pesticides or herbicides are ever used on the campus.

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:

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

Whenever possible, plantings are organized to allow staff and student volunteers to participate as much as possible. We plant primarily native plants and trees on campus. In 2022, we supported McGill University in their migratory bird habitat restoration project by planting 14 native trees and 73 native shrubs. We plant new trees and shrubs each year with student groups completing environmental projects for their classes. In 2022, the Facilities Management Services (FMS) department worked with a student team who had won $1000 in a World Wildlife Federation competition for their "Bee the Future" design.

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

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:

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:

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

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