Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.78
Liaison Herbert Sinnock
Submission Date April 20, 2015
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Sheridan College (Ontario)
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Gordon Ide
Manager, Facilities Services
Facilities Services
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 220 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 19.30 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 100 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 :

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

Sheridan performs minimal cutting of grass and allows grass to grow slightly longer. Lawns are routinely aerated, and fertilized twice per year. Overseed and top dress maintenance is also practised in order to help build stronger root systems. There is no use of pesticides on grounds and handpicking majority of weeds as well as hand pruning is exercised in order to limit the use of gas-powered equipment. In addition, the bus pick up area at Davis campus has artificially installed turf areas in order to minimize the need for grass cutting, maintenance, and repair. Drought tolerant and perennial plants are used vs annual plants wherever possible. It is also noteworthy that Sheridan College does not use any method of mechanical irrigation systems on any of its campuses.

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

Invasive species are handpicked out of the ground as there is no use of pesticides. Sheridan implements drought tolerant plants as well as perennial instead of annual wherever possible.

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

All products that are reclaimed from the site are used on site as much as possible. In the institutions adjacent woodlots, felled trees would be left to decompose naturally. Those that obstruct pathways or that are in close proximity to buildings would be chipped and used on site. Cutting of grass is kept to a minimum, and when occurs, the clippings are dispersed and left to decompose instead of being bagged and collected.

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:

Scholars Green Park combines natural and engineered environmental features such as low flow irrigation, densely planted trees, LED lighting and a permeable paving made from recycled glass aggregate. The College also abstains from using any sort of irrigation system, and landscapes are watered naturally.
We try to use recycled products where possible such as the use of wood chips around trees to promote moisture retention.

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

Green initiatives into the design and construction of the Sheridan HMC campus resulted as a partnership between the College and the City of Mississauga. All of the parking for the HMC campus is constructed out of permeable pavement in order to meet the City’s Green Development Standards. Silva cell construction was implemented in the development of the flush Square One Drive. Silva Cells are a modular suspended pavement system that uses soil volumes to support large tree growth and provide powerful on-site stormwater management through absorption, evapotranspiration, and interception.

Sheridan’s Trafalgar campus features a natural creek that runs through the campus, which provides natural runoff for the surrounding area. The Davis campus features a pond that is used to retain and naturally filter rainwater collected from buildings, parking lots and other land surfaces (some of which is transferred to the adjoining stream).

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

HMC campus in Mississauga has implemented screens and shields on the campus building roof in order to prevent snow and ice accumulation and or/falling to the ground. Salt is used in parking lots during winter season, and magnesium chloride is used for the sidewalks as it has the least amount of impact on natural systems. Sheridan has also implemented use of glycol heated sidewalks at both Trafalgar and Davis campuses in order to reduce the use of salt/ice melter on the sidewalks.

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:

Although Sheridan College does not have a formal IPM policy or plan, the grounds are developed and maintained in accordance with an integrated pest management plan that adheres to the following four-tiered approach:
1) Set action thresholds
2) Monitor and identify pests
3) Prevention
4) Control

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