Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Dean Pearce
Head of Facilities Management and Services
Buildings Offices
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Total campus area:
133 Hectares

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 33 Hectares
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 0 Hectares
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 100 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 133 Hectares

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

Building footprint, and whilst overseen and monitored for the reasons below, the Lough Corrib Special area of conservation (SAC) area is not maintained.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

The area of land we have described being maintained organically largely comprises alluvial woodland and grasslands. Some of this land is located in the Lough Corrib Special area of conservation (SAC). The only landscape work undertaken in or beside this zone is necessitated for safety reasons such as fallen trees or limbs overhanging the adjacent public path. We allow grasslands to grow into meadows and manage them using the guidelines set out in the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025. The term ‘organic’ is sometimes interpreted as certified organic and we would just note that this is not the case here.

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:


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

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

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

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:

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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