Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.94
Liaison Bert Jacobson
Submission Date Feb. 3, 2015
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Kankakee Community College
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.71 / 2.00 Bert Jacobson
Dean, Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 185 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 12.70 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 63.95 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 0 Acres
+ Date Revised: Feb. 6, 2015
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 51.15 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

It is a long document in sections, here is the Table if contents:

Table of Contents
Section 1 School Pest Management Policy Statement
Section 2 Designated Pest Management Roles and
Designated Communication Rules
Section 3 Objectives for Pest Management
Section 4 Inspecting, Identifying and Monitoring System
Section 5 IPM Action Thresholds
Section 6 Applying IPM Strategies
Section 7 Evaluating Results and Record-Keeping
Section 8 Appendix

A brief summary of the institution’s approach to sustainable landscape management:

KCC's comprehensive master conservation plan summarizes the college's approach by describing Enhancement and Expansion of Natural Areas, which includes Benefits of Natural Areas (Cost Savings, Erosion Control, Goose Control, Water Quality, Carbon Sequestration, Aesthetics and Biodiversity), Ecosystem Restoration (Site Preparation, Installation, Seeding, Plugs, Erosion Control), Ecosystem Stewardship (Mowing, Selective Herbicide Application, Seed Collection & Supplemental Seeding/Planting, Prescribed Fire, Monitoring), Kankakee Community College Ecosystems: Prairie (Prairie Restoration/Reconstruction, Existing Prairie Restoration, Turf-to-Prairie, Prairie Stewardship), Savanna (Savanna Restoration/Reconstruction, Savanna Stewardship), Wetlands (Wetland Restoration/Reconstruction, Wetland Stewardship), Native Foundation Landscapes (Formal Landscapes, Natural Landscapes, Miscellaneous Aesthetic Issues.

A brief description of how the institution protects and uses existing vegetation, uses native and ecologically appropriate plants, and controls and manages invasive species:

See above. The plan is comprehensive, e.g Recommended native plant and tree list and a Recommended do not use or plant list.

A brief description of the institution’s landscape materials management and waste minimization policies and practices:

KCC diverts a large portion of its waste stream from landfills by reducing packaging, reusing materials (namely books and electronic waste), recycling (aluminum, paper, glass, metals, pallets, electronic waste, books, plastic, cell phones, batteries, etc.), and composting yard and landscaping materials.

A brief description of the institution’s organic soils management practices:

LKCC's strict organic soils management practices include practices in the greenhouse and on acres controlled by the Horticulture program. KCC's grounds personnel limit the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemicals.

A brief description of the institution’s use of environmentally preferable materials in landscaping and grounds management:

KCC's environmentally preferable materials are local and sustainably produced landscape materials. KCC maintains close relationships with area landscaping and garden centers.

A brief description of how the institution restores and/or maintains the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus:

Some ways that KCC restores and maintains the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus is by using bioswales around parking lots and streets and rain gardens. KCC is located at the edge of the Kankakee River and managing stormwater is a high priority.

A brief description of how the institution reduces the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal (if applicable):

KCC reduces the environmental impacts of snow and ice by mechanical clearing in a timely fashion and using some beet juice to minimize the use of salt.

A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:

KCC has a dedicated Native Acre.

Is the institution recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program (if applicable)?:

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management programs and practices is available:

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