Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.81
Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Loyola University Chicago
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.79 / 2.00 Hamlet Gonzalez
Asst. Director Operations
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Total campus area:
52.40 Acres

Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds:
Area (double-counting is not allowed)
Area managed organically, without the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides 30 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 3.50 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 33.50 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:

This is the entire Lakeside Campuses minus roads and buildings.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

The Lake Shore Campus is ~50 acres. Of that, only 30 acres is in landscape, the rest being buildings, roadways and sidewalks. Of this only 3.5 acres are not managed organically or within IPM practices.
For this landscape we do not use inorganic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, fungicides or herbicides.
We do use these products on the 3.5 acres that are highly ornamental gardens including flower beds and raised planters.

Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:

A copy of the IPM plan or program:

A brief description of the IPM program:

We have an IPM program for our pest maintenance (both interior and exterior), however we don't have one for landscape maintenance.

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 landscape materials management and waste minimization:

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:

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.

Collaboration with Faculty to install 1,600 native plant plugs as part of conservation ecology course.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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