Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.64
Liaison Kimberly Post
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2022

STARS v2.2

Saint Joseph's College - ME
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 2.00 Shawn Sheehan
Assistant Director
Facilities Management
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Total campus area:
474 Acres

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 66.39 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 5 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 5 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 76.39 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:
Tree growth and unbuildable forested area comprise much of our campus. All of which are not exposed to synthetic substances or services. The managed areas include buildings and grounds, athletic fields and green areas.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:
Sustainable Management practices will reduce resource depletion, waste generation, and pollution problems while also helping to combat a changing climate. Grounds manager and staff play an active role in efficiently managing resources, reducing waste, and preventing pollution. Electric string trimmers have been purchased to reduce carbon admission and walk behind mowers will be added to the grounds fleet. Irrigation expansion continues with rain metering to reduce waste and onsite composting helps with feedings to eliminate synthetic fertilizers.

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:
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a comprehensive, decision-making process for solving pest problems in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings. It is a sustainable approach providing economical control with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

Rather than simply trying to eradicate pests, IPM considers all available information, accounts for multiple objectives, and considers every preventive and curative option. By combining information about pest life cycles and their interaction with the environment with biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools, informed decisions can be implemented to achieve optimum results in ways that minimize economic, health, and environmental risks. IPM can be used wherever pest damage occurs. It has been applied to situations as diverse as houses, apartments, food handling facilities, golf courses, schools and farms.

A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
Our practice is to plant survivable native species to reduce cost, maintenance, and loss.

A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
Storm water management designed, constructed and maintained using sustainable solutions and service providers. Water erosion mitigation, permeable pavement and surfaces, collection ponds and drainage basins etc..

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:
A compost pile at our campus farm serves as the composting site for grounds maintenance and food composting. Very small percentage of Campus compost. Compost is hauled to local farm

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:
We plow, sand, and salt, as needed,on a 24/7 basis, to provide a safe site for pedestrians, drivers,and emergency management services.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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