Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2017
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Loyola University Chicago
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.12 / 2.00 Aaron Durnbaugh
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
293 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 0 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 130 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 103 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 233 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):

Buildings and roadways on Lake Shore Campus were excluded (60 acres).


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
0

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

N/A


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
55.79

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:

LUREC is a 100 acre site that is managed as a retreat house, farm and ecological restoration site. This is all managed with IPM and organic practices although we don't have an IPM policy.
The Lake Shore Campus is 95 acres. Of that, only 30 acres is in landscape, the rest being buildings, roadways and sidewalks. Of this only 3 acres are not managed organically or within IPM practices.


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

Loyola includes native landscaping on its grounds to honor the region's natural heritage and to provide habitat for native fauna. Installation of native vegetation helps reduce water use due to the vegetation's evolved ability to adapt to dry summer conditions.


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

Our award-winning stormwater plan returns water to the ground and Lake Michigan instead of the combined sewer system.


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

Plant material generated by Loyola grounds is brought to Loyola's gardens where it is composted onsite. The composting results in nutrients which are then applied to the garden beds. Loyola's Urban Agriculture Demonstration Gardens Project gives students the experience to learn about aerobic composting.


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

There isn't very much we have done here. We have retrofitted all on-campus street lights to LEDs in 2012.


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):

Loyola's Facilities Management oversees the maintenance of campus grounds including snow removal. Recognizing the importance of protecting the watershed and Lake Michigan, Facilities Management applies sugar beet-based anti-icing granules. The sugar beet-based application is applied to campus roads and sidewalks before and during snowy, icy weather to effectively melt snow and ice for safe conditions.


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