Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.63
Liaison Amy Dvorak
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Lewis & Clark College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.70 / 2.00 Amy Dvorak
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
137 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 10 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 80 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 10 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 100 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):

Impervious surfaces, buildings, natural areas where most activities/management are not permitted


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
10

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:

The grounds department controls pests that are harmful to the health or aesthetic value of the College's plantings in a manner that is cost-effective, safe and environmentally responsible. To accomplish this, the principles of IPM are endorsed campus-wide. Chemical and fertilizer use has been reduced to two turf fields maintained for softball and baseball.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
80

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:

Across the remaining acreage, organic land care practices are used in accordance with EcoPro principles which certifies practitioners rather than the land. Grounds staff are certified under EcoPro. https://ecoprocertified.org/about/ecopro-guiding-principles/

EcoPro Principles: Sustainable Landscape Practice is the use of ecologically sound principles to work in concert with natural ecoregional systems. It encourages working within closed systems with regard to organic matter and nutrient cycling. It aims to be pesticide‐free. The goal of sustainable landscape practice is to design, construct, and maintain landscapes that will continue to be aesthetically pleasing, ecologically resilient, and enduring in the ecoregion in which they are located. ecoPRO Certified Sustainable Landscape Professionals have passed an exam that tests their knowledge of sustainable landscaping principles and best practices. They abide by the ecoPRO Code of Ethics to design, construct, and manage landscapes using the most current, ecologically sound principles and practices. Where possible, ecoPRO Certified Sustainable Landscape Professionals collaborate across the disciplines of design, construction, and maintenance.


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

The campus is largely native plants and habitat including several nearby environmental zones, approaching 90% of the total lands. Beginning in late 2013, the institution began a long term process to eradicate non-native species and replace those plants with natives.


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

The institution intends to infiltrate, through natural methods stormwater generated on campus, increasing the percent infiltrated over time with new construction and renovations. Upcoming projects include increasing the number of bioswales on the main street bordering campus, disconnecting several downspouts, adding rainbarrels for water reuse.


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

Compost all grounds waste: leaves are composted on site, trees/large branches are chipped on campus and used on site, any other material is composted through the waste hauler.


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

LED outdoor lighting


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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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