Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.87
Liaison Courtney Gallaher
Submission Date June 4, 2024

STARS v2.2

Northern Illinois University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Alyssa Edwards
Graduate Assitant
Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total campus area:
765 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 0 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 563 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 563 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:
The land excluded from the total area of managed grounds includes sidewalks, roadways, parking lots, etc.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:
Not applicable

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:
The IPM Plan promotes the use of a range of preventative and non-chemical approaches to control pest populations and stave off infestations. If an infestation with unacceptable impact occurs, thereby warranting additional treatment, the IPM Plan favors the use of least-toxic pesticides. The targeted application of a toxic pesticide is allowed only after all other reasonable non-toxic options have been exhausted. The plan further outlines preventative best practices and pest control strategies approved for inside and outside of the campus buildings.

A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
Not Applicable

A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
Not Applicable

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:
Fallen and dead trees and branches are mulched and used across campus. Additionally, the university maintains a compost pile.

A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
Not Applicable

A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:
Most of the campus flower beds and ground cover are managed using hand tools and weeds are manually removed.

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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