Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 32.70
Liaison Carl Powell
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Ringling College of Art and Design
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Tracy Wagner
VP of Finance & Administration
Business Affairs
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
48 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 39 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 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 2 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 43 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):

Over the past several years, the college has purchased a series of vacant lots that are not currently under our managed grounds program criteria. These areas are currently being maintained on a as needed basis.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
90.70

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:

Ringling College's approach in designing an effective IPM program begins at the design phase itself and we utilize the following criteria in planning for healthy landscapes:

a. The Initial Design/Maintenance Interface
b. Cultural Component - plant selection and planting design
c. The Biological Component - natural enemies and other beneficials
d. The Genetic Component - plant or turf grass selections - chemical controls - use of least toxic and selective alternatives

Our goals are to maintain the final landscaped product with long-term, effective cost measures in place while promoting environmentally sound practices including:

a. Identify and monitor known pests and diseases using phenology checklists, landscape reports from Institute of Food Agricultural Sciences - University of Florida (IFAS) and visual inspection.
b. Identify beneficial insects reptiles and amphibians and encourage habitat through planting or native and host plant species in addition to timely plant cleanup.
c. Physical removal of pests through manual and mechanical means to maintain an acceptable threshold of damage.
d. Removal of plants that cannot be maintained at acceptable levels and replanting with a more disease resistant type.
e. Use of insecticidal soaps and other sanctioned plant health additions while utilizing strategies that include the use of Neem oil and proper watering schedules that avoid over-watering.

All fertilization applications are done within strict compliance of Florida laws. If pesticides are deemed necessary, the use of the least toxic chemical is preferable and spot treatments are recommended over the traditional wide spectrum application.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
4.65

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:

The college has eliminated the use of all inorganic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in and around all retention ponds throughout the college. We have also incorporated the 10' low maintenance buffer zone principle that under the right conditions will utilize selected plant materials when deemed appropriate.


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

The College engaged Biohabitats to perform a green infrastructure assessment. As part of this assessment, native plant species were identified and cataloged, assisting with plant selection decisions as projects are developed. Native plant species are integrated into stormwater retention areas, utilized as street trees, and integrated into planting beds throughout the campus.


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

Currently, Ringling College utilizes sub-surface irrigation and avoids the use of traditional "pop-ups" or "gear driven" sprinklers whenever possible. Ringling also adheres to irrigation schedules that are in strict compliance to South West Florida Water Management District mandates. The college uses a combination of well water and reclaimed water provided by the City of Sarasota for our irrigation needs.


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

Grass clippings and most fallen leaves are mulched and allowed to remain on the grounds to compost naturally. Large landscaping materials are taken offsite where they are chipped or composted and returned to campus for ground cover.


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

Ringling College utilizes a variety of applications in energy efficient landscape designs in our planning process that includes understanding existing shade patterns, site preparations that improves soil conditions, reduces water runoff. Selecting site appropriate trees,shrubs, grasses and ground covers is equally important in sustaining our energy efficient approach to landscape designs. in our planning process


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):
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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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