Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.07
Liaison Jonathan Miller
Submission Date Oct. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

Nova Southeastern University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.01 / 2.00 Jeff Heard
Grounds Supervisor
Office of Facilities Management
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Total campus area:
322.20 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 3.20 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 319 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 322.20 Acres

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

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:
The NSU Community Garden is organically managed by our sustainability team.

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:
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) employs a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) for all the campuses managed by NSU. In addition to our main campus in Davie, FL situated on 319 acres we also manage the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center, East Campus, Museum Campus, and 6100 Griffin Road. The goal of the IPM program is to deliver effective pest control while at the same time reducing the volume and toxicity of pesticides used and human and environmental exposure to pesticides. Our control techniques include a combination of pest monitoring, good sanitation practices, education, grounds maintenance, alternative physical, mechanical, and biological pest control, and the use of pesticides when warranted according to a predetermined hierarchy of pest management choices, formulations, and application techniques, which minimizes the exposure and potential risk to people and the environment.

A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
In addition to our environmentally responsible IPM program NSU also employs a comprehensive tree care plan to govern adequate conservation and management of campus trees. The tree care plan also serves to promote diversification of the tree canopy as our location in a sub-tropical environment provides an excellent location for a diverse collection of plants, trees, and palms from around the world. NSU’s commitment to plant stewardship is evident by their development of several medicinal gardens on campus, a butterfly garden, a native garden, and a bee farm/sanctuary all used for education.

A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
NSU sources water and manages water use in a responsible manner. Grounds in particular uses the majority of irrigation water through a newly installed re-use irrigation system for the main campus, reducing the amount of water drawn by campus canals, irrigation wells, or city plumbing. NSU’s design specifications govern the use of re-use water for all exterior irrigation projects in the future.

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:
NSU employs several recycling programs to reduce waste including the recycling of cardboard, scrap metal, and bulk fixtures and equipment. The grounds department uses all recycling mowers to eliminate grass clippings going into the landfill. NSU has participated in “Recyclemania” for many years to measure and improve on the collection of recycled waste and promote recycling in general with great success on campus with the students.

A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
NSU’s approach to energy efficient landscape design is exemplified by the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center designation as a LEED certified building. The development team and the Grounds Department take the time to review all landscape designs for adequate use and proper type of shade trees to reduce building temperatures and energy consumption.

A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:

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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