Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.91
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

San Jose State University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Brian Bagley
Sr. Landscape Manager
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Total campus area:
167 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 0 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 167 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 167 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

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:

IPM is utilised throughout the campus:

1) Least toxic chemicals are always the first choice. If these don't work, then we try the next least toxic option.
2) We only treat insect problems if there is a lot of damage. If there is minimal damage, usually some soapy water spray is how we tackle these infestations.
3) We only spot treat for insects, diseases and weeds, we never do broadcast treatments.

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

Since 2008 Facilities Development and Operations has implemented a process whereby only native trees are accepted as donations. Since that time, the majority of all trees planted on campus grounds are native. The exceptions are when the academic mission requests a specific species be planted or when a tree is removed and a similar tree is needed to fill the void, and the iconic arch of the Mulberry Trees. FD&O has also completed a Landscape Master Plan that was finalized in 2014. The plan calls for 6 different planting palettes, each using existing, native and drought resistant species. Plants have also been chosen based on the resilience to the quality of the recycled water that is used to irrigate. Each palette is managed with preventative maintenance and mulch to prevent invasive species and weed.

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

We have converted over 90% of the campus to recycled water irrigation to significantly reduce our dependance on recycled water. Our irrigation is also helping to recharge the underground reservoirs.

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:

All of the tree & bush trimmings and the annual leaf fall are removed by our grounds staff and placed into a 40 yard collection bin. When full, this bin is transported to a green waste facility where it is composted.

The grass areas on both main and south campuses are mowed weekly with a large riding mower. The grass clippings are left on the lawns to decompose and provide nutrients to the turf. This practice is called “grasscycling”, and reduces the loss of nitrogen from the soil, reduces the amount of water required for irrigation by acting as a mulch, saves time by not having to bag and transport the clipping to the collection bin, saves the cost and air emissions resulting from transporting the grass clippings to the composting facility, and removes over 500 tons per year from our waste stream.

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:

Not applicable

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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