Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.47
Liaison Ian McKeown
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Loyola Marymount University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.15 / 2.00 Marissa Petralia
Student Sustainability Tracking Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
57.47 Hectares

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 48.85 Hectares
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 8.62 Hectares
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 0 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 57.47 Hectares

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):
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
85.00

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

Loyola Marymount University has developed and maintained their grounds in accordance with an integrated pest management plan that adheres to the four-tired approach. Their management is based off the standard IPM approach used in the state of California. Before taking any pest control action, Loyola’s IPM first sets an action threshold, they try to avoid meaninglessly use of chemicals for pests and take into account environmental conditions. The grounds are examined closely to monitor for pests and identify them accurately for minimal use of pesticides. Through these means, Loyola Marymount University can manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
15.00

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:

We use organic fertilizers whenever possible. Regular soil tests are performed to make sure we are maintaining and healthy soil. Organic soils are maintained and organic fertilizers are exclusively used in the campus garden as well as the children's center.


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

LMU does implement the use of native plant species in the landscaping of the campus. This program concentrates on plant selection, planning, and maintenance of gardens and landscapes that primarily will optimize the use of native plants. In the plant selection stage, a survey of the landscape and grounds on the university is completed. From this information, the planning stage can take place and landscapers can select the types of plants that are native to the area around the campus. Once these plants have been selected, they are placed in the areas around campus which will best suit the environment and their development. This practice continues as new landscapes become available and as more native plants become the most optimal choice.


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

75% of campus irrigation is reclaimed water. 3 retention ponds on campus and these filter water out to go back to soil. Permeable pavers are used in certain locations, and decomposed granite are used to allow for infiltration of water.


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

LMU recycles 100% of its green waste. Most of the green waste is mulched and composted on-site and utilized in various areas on campus including the LMU campus community garden known as The LIONS Garden. Whatever is not used is diverted by waste hollers to be recycled.


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

Green roofs, shading of trees in sun areas to prevent building heating, responsible landscaping around LEED buildings, vegetation to prevent erosion on hills, use of vegetation and drought tolerant plants to replace concrete/grass areas, permeable pavement,


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):

Locally grown plants from local nursery are used. Environmentally preferred materials and recycling of campus materials is used in campus garden areas to ensure environmental and health friendly infrastructure for growing and learning.


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