Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.75
Liaison Audrey McSain
Submission Date July 10, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Lehigh University
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.99 / 2.00 Gary Falasca
Facilities Services
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 1,600 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 473 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 1,000 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 126 Acres
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 0 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

Lehigh requires Brickman Group, our landscape service provider, to maintain Lehigh's grounds in accordance with a Brickman IPM plan. Details can be found on their website.

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

Lehigh is committed to a campus where the principles of sustainability are clearly evident in the built environment and surrounding landscape and where these principles guide all design, development and maintenance processes in terms of environmental sensitivity and energy efficiency. We utilize smart irrigation systems to reduce water consumption, convert old roads into pedestrian pathways to reduce heat island effect, limit pesticide use on campus and compost yard waste into mulch.

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

Native and ecologically appropriate plants are used in all the new plantings. Only when necessary, are pesticides used for spot treatments.

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

Lehigh has a waste collection site for landscape materials throughout the year. Mulch, which is the finished product, is applied throughout the year.

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


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

Lehigh has eliminated our commercial fertilizers for mulch and instead uses mulch produced from an on-campus mulch pile.

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


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

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

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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