Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.01
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2014
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Simon Fraser University
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.79 / 2.00 Elizabeth Starr
Campus Planner
Facilities Development
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 370 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 40 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 190 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 55 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 84 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:
The IPM plan :

As below.

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

The entire campus is managed based on the BC Landscape Standards, prepared by a joint committee of the BC Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA), and the BC Landscape & Nursery Association (BCLNA). This Standard sets guidelines and makes recommendations for all major aspects of the landscape industry.

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

Native planting areas are located throughout campus and it is our practice to use native plant material in new planting programs - especially when the area is near or adjacent to naturalized areas, such as forest edges, swales, creeks etc.

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

Cuttings from current landscaping and maintenance activities are mulched and spread back into forested areas on campus.

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

Management practices include reseeding, overseeding and aeration and limited use of water. No pesticides are used on site.

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

Composted top soil and bark mulch are used across campus.

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

Continous monitoring of water quality in tributaries that feed to major streams. Storm water management ponds, swales.

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

In an effort to insure better management and to reduce salt consumption on Canada’s roads Environment Canada has developed a “Code of Best Practice for Salt Usage” and it is required that all organizations that use in excess of 500 tonnes of salt annually must have a Salt Management Plan. In compliance with this requirement the University has developed a site specific Salt Management Plan which can be viewed on this site.We have a snow and ice removal program that includes strategies to reduce the amount of salt used on our roads - by using brine and salt and gravel mixtures. Total annual (winter) salt usage in 2012 was 240 tonnes. However, total salt usage has been significantly reduced since 2003 - 2009.

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

SFU is adjacent to the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, which is managed by the City of Burnaby.

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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