Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mohawk College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.03 / 2.00 Kayla LaChance
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
84.30 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 82.05 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 2.25 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 84.30 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):

Land excluded includes footprints of buildings and impervious surfaces such as parking lots.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
97.33

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

Mohawk has a contract with Orkin Canada a pest management company. Orkin Canada specializes in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an approach to pest control that combines all available methods of preventing pests in a given environment. In our IPM programs, pesticides are used only when necessary to achieve acceptable levels of control with the least possible harm to humans, non-target organisms and the environment.

https://www.orkincanada.ca/commercial/services/pest-control/


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
2.67

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:

Mohawk Grounds limits the use of inorganic fertilizers and pesticides, instead using mulch and organic sterilized manure where possible. This manure is heat treated with steam by the supplier to prevent the transfer of unwanted seeds.


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

Mohawk tries to use plants that are native to the area whenever possible. This helps both in maintenance of the plant life as well as with bringing the College back to its roots. An example of this is the Fennell Campus Orchard which has apple and pear trees which are a nod to the Fruit Orchard that was on this land before the college was built.


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

Compostable waste is collected during the grounds keeping process. This compostable waste is then piled on campus where it is collected and composted.


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

Mohawk has snow and ice removal equipment on campus. Also, Mohawk does not remove snow from the campus ground and instead piles it on certain dedicated locations on campus. These efforts help to reduce the carbon footprint of the snow-removal process.


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