Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.54
Liaison Stephane Menand
Submission Date June 22, 2017
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Missouri University of Science and Technology
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Jim Duncan
Physical Facilities Custodial and Landscape Services
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
236 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 236 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) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 236 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):

The campus has about 5 acres of undeveloped land that is set aside for possible future development however is rough cut once a year to keep under control.

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:

Missouri S&T’s grounds are maintained in accordance with an integrated pest management practice that adheres to the following approach:
Missouri S&T grounds are developed and maintained using plants that are zoned for this region. Pest-resistant varieties are selected whenever possible.
Action thresholds are set to indicate when pest control measures are taken.
Grounds are routinely monitored for pests. Pests are identified accurately so the appropriate treatment or controls can be taken when action thresholds are met. This practice ensures the use of the correct pesticide, only of a pesticide is needed, and prevents the misuse of pesticides if they are not needed.
Landscape Services accepts some plant damage until the action threshold is met, then a decision is made to implement the appropriate treatment or control.
If after following all the procedures above, it is determined that pest control is required, the most appropriate and effective pest controls that present the least risk are selected first. Additional pest control measures are taken only if it is determined that the less risky controls are not effective.
Pest control within all campus buildings is maintained under the same integrated pest management approach.
Missouri S&T’s Custodial and Landscape Services Department has won four awards, including the Professional Grounds Management Award recognizing the beautification of our campus; Urban Forestry Council Arbor Day Award for proper tree care and selection; and two for environmentally friendly gardening awards (Show Me Yards and Healthy Yards/Clear Streams).

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:

Missouri S&T Landscape Services prioritizes the use of native plants in campus beds, provided they are suitable for the cultivated space and acceptable to the appearance of the campus. Native plants are used in several landscaped areas on the campus, including Residential College buildings I and II and the Innovation Park.

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

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

Missouri S&T Landscape Services department composts 100% of all grass, leaves and flower waste from grounds keeping operations. Approximately 90% of all landscape waste is composted on-site. The remaining 10% (tree limbs) is composted off-site at the City of Rolla’s recycling and compost center. The City of Rolla uses tree limbs to create mulch that is made available to the public for free.

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):

practice The Custodial and Landscape Services department maintains guidelines for snow and ice treatment that help to minimize environmental impacts by reducing storm water pollution and reducing chemical use. The University switched from using cinders to now using salt for snow and ice treatment. The salt is pretreated prior to use to minimize the amount used. In additionn the department does not treat the campus as often as it used to. This contributes to the reduced impact on the environment.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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