Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.99
Liaison Megan Butler
Submission Date July 18, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Macalester College
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Suzanne Savanick Hansen
Sustainability Manager
Macalester Sustainbility Office
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustainable Landscape Master Plan

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Macalester College created a Sustainability Plan to assess and plan for the reduction of the college’s carbon footprint. The plan established the goal to reduce 2007-2008 carbon dioxide emissions by 52 percent, at a rate of 2.9 percent per year by 2025, and achieve Zero Waste by 2020. Landscape management was targeted to help meet these goals. Specific landscape goals of the Sustainability Plan include:
• Landscape—Maintain grounds in a sustainable and educational manner while providing green space for recreation and events.
• Stormwater—Reduce the pollution, quantity, and speed at which water runs off the campus by infiltrating the first inch of precipitation on campus.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

1. Turf areas on campus will be reduced by 60%.
2. The carbon foot print of landscape management on campus will be cut in half by the year 2025.
3. The species diversity of campus plantings will be increased.
4. Signature species of local native habitats will be used throughout the campus landscape.
5. Organic refuse from the landscape will be composted.
6. Integrated pest management will continue to be implemented as a means to decrease dependence on pesticides in landscape maintenance.
7. Song bird habitat will be created where possible

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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