Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.34
Liaison Barry Schwalbe
Submission Date Dec. 22, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Richland Community College
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Greg Florian
Vice President
Finance & Administration
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Area
Total campus area 155 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 7 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 5 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Area
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 0 Acres
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 143 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:
The IPM plan :
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A brief summary of the institution’s approach to sustainable landscape management:

Richland landscape management includes the following priorities:
• Use environmentally friendly pest management
• Protect new and existing vegetation using native and ecologically appropriate plants, and controlling and managing invasive species
• Use soil management practices that limits the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemicals
• Utilize reused, recycled, and locally produced landscape materials when possible
• Maintain natural hydrology by monitoring water infiltration and on-site water management
• Compost and/or mulch waste from grounds-keeping activities
• Use snow and ice removal strategies to reduce environmental impacts of chemicals/treating agents


A brief description of how the institution protects and uses existing vegetation, uses native and ecologically appropriate plants, and controls and manages invasive species:

Native Plants - Richland landscapes with native species including prairie grass, flowers, and trees that are native to Central Illinois.


A brief description of the institution’s landscape materials management and waste minimization policies and practices:

Mulching/Compost - Richland uses a mulching mower to mow the campus grounds. All trimmings and tree limbs are put in a compost bin located on campus grounds.


A brief description of the institution’s organic soils management practices:

Xeriscaping - Native grasses are drought tolerant and native species are used where possible for xeriscaping.


A brief description of the institution’s use of environmentally preferable materials in landscaping and grounds management:

Richland utilizes reused, recycled, and locally produced landscape materials when possible


A brief description of how the institution restores and/or maintains the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus:

Richland maintains natural hydrology by monitoring water infiltration and on-site water management


A brief description of how the institution reduces the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal (if applicable):

Richland uses sand via a sprayer on all parking lots and roadways on campus during snow/ice events. "Winter Blue" Ice Melt (visible ice melt) is used only on sidewalks and entryways for safety purposes


A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:
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Is the institution recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program (if applicable)?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management programs and practices is available:

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