Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.36
Liaison Allison Maxted
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2022

STARS v2.2

Mohawk College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.03 / 2.00 Nicolai Strabac
Sustainable Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability Office/Facilities Services
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Total campus area:
84.30 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 2.25 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 82.05 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 84.30 Acres

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

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

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

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.

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:

Mohawk College's primary pest control contractor- Abell Prest Control -offers and facilitates a comprehensive IPM program


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.

In Fall 2021, Mohawk College worked with WWF to create a native-seed bed. Seeds were given back to the community.

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

The Community Garden hosts a rainwater harvester which satisfies all watering needs.

The JCP&I building has two cisterns which hold 228,000L of stormwater. THis is deployed using a grey water system to landscaping spriklers and internal plumbing.

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:

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

The Community Garden also uses a compost pile. Green mulch is then applied to beds as ground cover.

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:

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.

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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