Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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Santa Clara University
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.02 / 2.00 Chris Young
Assistant Director - Buildings & Grounds
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 106 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 62.84 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 0 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
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 0 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0.50 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

A brief summary of the institution’s approach to sustainable landscape management:

Use of recycled water, minimal fertilizers & pesticides, electric carts for transportation, and all of SCU's smaller power equipment is the most sustainable equipment available (considering emissions).

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

SCU strives to protect existing trees when new construction takes place. If trees are removed, two are planted for each one removed. Native plants have been used in many of the newer projects on campus. Weeds are considered invasive species, which are controlled with herbicide.

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

Landscape waste is either chipped on site and used as mulch back on campus, or it is hauled away by a third party and turned into compost for sale.

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

SCU strives to use minimal fertilizers & pesticides.

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

SCU uses recycled plastic header boards rather than wood (material used to divide lawns from shrub/flower beds).

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

Fescue turf grass is used which tends to be more drought tolerant & pest free. Brick pavers are more prevalent as opposed to concrete.

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


A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:


Is the institution recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program (if applicable)?:

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

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