Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Pacific University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.17 / 2.00 Cindy Schuppert
Facilities Director
Facilities Department
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
72.90 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 2.40 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 26 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 28.40 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):

39 acres that are taken up by buildings or impervious surfaces.


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:
8.45

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:

Currently the University Farm is Oregon Tilth certified. The Oregon Tilth website defines the certification as “the highest quality that reflect and respect your dedication to organics.” They also played an integral role in the formation of the USDA National Organic Program.


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

In the Pacific University Landscape Master Plan (2010), the section on Species Selection and Installation includes the following statement: "New plants will be native to the Pacific Northwest or adaptable to the climate." (p. V-54)


A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
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A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):

To reduce waste on campus we have a number of programs such as: composting in the dinning center and two of the residence halls, recycling receptacles all around campus, the Give N Go event at the end of the semester to reduce the amount of home waste and share items with the community, etc. We are always striving to increasing our recycling streams while also promoting a culture of reduction and changes in behavior.


A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:

The use of natural resources such as rock and mulch to improve irrigation retention and drainage, the use of native plants. Most of the new areas are designed by landscape architects.


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):

The ice melt used is environmentally friendly, when we can we do shoveling rather than using ice melt.


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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