Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.23
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Submission Date Jan. 20, 2016
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Sewanee - The University of the South
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Amy Turner
Director of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 13,046 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 18.30 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 12,596 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 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

While Sewanee does not use an IPM specifically, we use very little chemicals. Round-up on weeds in the sidewalks and some planting beds. Spring fertilizer that is a slow release activation. We don’t use any herbicide on the lawns, if its green it gets mowed.

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

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

Sewanee does not prioritize in native planting although we do purchase them when found in good stock. Most good quality native plants are hard to find in nurseries and don’t transition well when planted. However we do encourage any native species to flourish by adding other non- native species to the landscape. As long as they aren’t invasive.

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

On the central part of campus, all mowers have mulching blades on them and the clippings are dispersed back into the lawn. The only clippings that are picked up are on the athletic fields unless weather conditions have kept areas from being mowed and the grass is piling up in the center part of campus. In autumn, leaves are picked up and delivered to the leaf pile on Old Farm Road. The leaves are used as compost in planting beds and different projects also available for the community to personally use.

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

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

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

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

Sewanee currently practices a no-rock-salt policy in order to reduce the environmental impact of our snow and ice removal. Our snow removal practices are using backpack blowers and brushes attached to our mowers that brush or blow snow off the walkways and steps. Ice treatment is coarse sand that is applied through spreaders onto the sidewalks and steps. Franklin County spreads rock salt onto the state maintained streets and some parking lots as we need their assistance.

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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