|Submission Date||May 31, 2017|
OP-9: Landscape Management
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Director of Campus Facilities
Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
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||0 Acres|
|Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques)||135 Acres|
|Total area of managed grounds||135 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):
Building footprint, impervious surfaces, and Mills Community Farm footprint was not included in managed grounds area.
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:
Plant infestations are investigated on a case-by-case basis and treated with escalating levels of control. Most pests are identified by skilled staff.
Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
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:
A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
Grounds selects plants from botanical gardens and local nurseries who specialize in native plants. In 2012, Mills College created a native plant palette for use by the Grounds Department.
A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
Leona Creek flows through campus, remains daylit until it leaves campus, and eventually flows to the Bay. Mills College has been restoring the creek to control damaging water flows that threaten bridge stability and creek beds. Mills College hosts Creek Care Days to foster stewardship and restore the native habitat at two main restoration sites along the creek. These two restoration sites were selected to accompany hydrological support for the creek alongside two bridges.
A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):
All tree trimmings are mulched and used in landscaping and restoration on campus. Landscape waste is kept on campus in two piles and later used as soil amendments.
A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
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):
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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