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Liaison Lindsey Van Zile
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

Randolph College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Lindsey Van Zile
Sustainability Coordinator & Campus Projects
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Total campus area:
80.13 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 63.90 Hectares
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 16.23 Hectares
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 80.13 Hectares

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:
No land is excluded.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:
Over the past few years, we have eliminated the application of fertilizers completely from grounds management. We have transitioned to mulching grass clippings and leaves in place to provide added nitrogen in lieu of commercial fertilizer application and have seen strong soil test results supporting this transition. The land included in the organic landscape management either are not sprayed with any herbicides, or (less common) are sprayed only with certified organic products.

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:
Randolph College follows an IPM plan that was originally developed for Virginia K-12 schools because such plan is more stringent due to the fragile nature of young children.

A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
Randolph is a certified Bee Campus, and is the process of developing a habitat plan and updating the IPM with land management practices to protect native pollinator species.

A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
In coordination with the City of Lynchburg's stormwater management program, Randolph installed multiple rain gardens on main campus to reduce runoff in addition to a permeable pavement parking lot. The lawns on campus are irrigated minimally and our grounds personnel use the best management practices for irrigation when necessary. There are only a handful of locations that are even equipped for irrigation.

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:
All the the leaves, wood chips, and other yard waste generated by the grounds department are composted on campus, by mulching back into the lawn, composting at the organic garden, or composting at the Buildings & Grounds storage area.

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:
The 2008 Randolph College Master Plan calls for maintaining the focus of our current pedestrian-centered campus. Therefore the college has very few roads but many sidewalks. During snow events, most snow removal efforts are done on foot with snow shovels. This highly staffed effort requires no fossil fuels.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:

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