Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.51
Liaison Sarah Mittlefehldt
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Northern Michigan University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.93 / 2.00 Sarah Mittlefehldt
Co-Chair, Sustainability Advisory Council
Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
356 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 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 95 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 109 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 204 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):

Total campus acreage is 356 which includes all impervious surfaces (buildings, parking, roads, sidewalks, etc.). Impervious surface equates to 152 acres. Impervious surfaces were excluded from the calculation.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
0

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
46.57

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:

In 2006 NMU adopted a “Landscape Master Plan” with the goal providing a framework for re-defining the campus landscape consistent with the area/region and identify a plant material matrix to be used on all projects. Plant matrix includes plant species that are either native or adaptable to the area which helps to create a healthy, vibrant and visually appealing campus.

Northern maintains 95 acres accordance with an organic land care standard. This is the area that is maintained to a level 4 or 5 as defined by APPA (APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities). It is area that receives less frequent or no mowing, is wooded or part of NMU’s “No-Mow” program. These areas have no irrigation, receive no fertilizer or herbicide.

APPA – Maintenance Standards
Level 4 - (Low frequency mowing, no fertilization, no irrigation, litter pick-up every 5 days, planting areas - none.)
Level 5 - (Low frequency mowing, no fertilization, no irrigation, litter pick-on demand, planting areas - none.)

Area Managed using conventional methods – 109 Acres

Service Level Square Feet Acres
Planters 86,898 2
Level 1 45,119 1
Level 2 1,310,918 30
Level 3 3,136,653 76 109 Acres
Level 4 1,709,740 39
Level 5 2,861,303 56 95 Acres
Grand Total 9,150,632 204

Service Level Square Feet Acres
Planters 86,898 2
Level 1 45,119 1
Level 2 1,310,918 30
Level 3 3,136,653 76 109 Acres
Level 4 1,709,740 39
Level 5 2,861,303 56 95 Acres
Grand Total 9,150,632 204


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

Institution uses green infrastructure to manage rainwater and employees LID practices on a case-by-case basis or for demonstration projects.


A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):
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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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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