Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.40
Liaison David Liebman
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Santa Rosa Junior College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.39 / 2.00 David Liebman
Energy & Sustainability Manager
Facilities Planning and Operations
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
529.94 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 0 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 104 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 425.94 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 529.94 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):

We have two vineyard blocks that are organic (8 acres) and the Vegetable and Fruit Production Area (17 acres).


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
0

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
19.62

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:

There are 104 acres managed using organic sustainable practices. However, 9 acres of that land are California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) certified. https://www.ccof.org/ There are two acres of apple trees, two acres of olive trees, and five acres of wine grapes all CCOF certified. In order the obtain the CCOF certification there are specific substances that are allowed in organic farming. For a list of the materials accepted visit www.omri.org

The remaining 87 acres of wine grapes are certified sustainable under the Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission. https://sonomawinegrape.org/sustainability/certification/


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

The historic aesthetic of the campus plays a large role in the identity of the college district. Healthy, heritage oaks and other exceptional trees should be protected and maintained in place. Native Californian plant materials or Mediterranean plants that are adapted to the conditions of Sonoma County are selected while invasive species are not to be planted.


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

Due to the need to reduce water consumption and use in California, limiting the use of potable water for outdoor landscapes is extremely important. Landscape systems are to be designed to recognize this condition. Plant species are selected in according to the specific site conditions, including campus micro climates and soil types. Plant species that can go dormant during drought conditions are also selected. Also, lawn areas and traditional landscapes are converted to more resilient native landscape and lawn plantings are minimized.


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

All the tree waste on campus is chipped onsite and used as mulch. There is an on site composting program at the Shone Farm campus, Petaluma campus, and Santa Rosa campus. The compost that is produced is then used on the campus.


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

The institution is making an effort to use more native plants and establishing rain gardens throughout the grounds.


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):

There are native plant beds using mulch that is processed onsite.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Petaluma Campus = 40 acres
PSTC = 21.81 acres
Shone = Total 360 acres. Certified organic = 9 acres. Remainder 83 acres received the Sonoma County Winegrowers Sustainability Certification for Vineyards.
Santa Rosa = 108.13 acres

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