Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.24
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Slippery Rock University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.96 / 2.00 Paul Scanlon
Special Assistant to the President
President's Office/Sustainability
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
660 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 161 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 198 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 219 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 578 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):

82 acres of building footprints, impervious surfaces, sports fields and bodies of water have been excluded.

Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:

A copy of the IPM plan or program:

A brief description of the IPM program:

Emphasis of the IPM is placed on integrating interior and exterior strategies, while employing non-chemical practices such as:
- Exclusion, such as screening and caulking;
- Habitat modification , such as reducing the humidity in a room or thinning close-in shrubbery;
- Sanitation, such as eliminating organic matter buildup in drains or cafeteria equipment;
- Building maintenance, such as eliminating gaps around exterior door or sealing around utility entrances;
- Trapping, such as modifying or installing insect light traps;
- Monitoring, using insect or rodent glue boards or non-lethal rodent traps to capture pests.
- Use of least toxic chemicals as pesticides when absolutely required at specific locations for the targeted species.

Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:

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:

The Wolf Creek, Old Stone House, and Macoskey Center sites total 198 acres and are managed to an organic land care standard.These properties are regularly managed and maintained without the use of chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.

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

The SRU Environmental Zoning Committee oversees all uses of outdoor university property to avoid infringement on areas such as Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries and outdoor classroom areas and to ensure appropriate, sustainable methods are used when any land use changes occur.

In 2012, an official Land Use Project Request Form was introduced to make sure the appropriate entities (Sustainability Office, Facilities Grounds group, Environmental Zoning Committee, etc.) review any proposed temporary or permanent use of campus property and recommend native/ecologically appropriate plants and trees for proposed landscaping initiatives.

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

SRU uses a campus stormwater retention system consisting of a series of connected streams, retention ponds and small lakes to minimize stormwater overflow and soil erosion.

A small solar-powered rainwater collection and drip irrigation system is used in the Smith Student Center East Parking Lot. It features a green area where an environmentally friendly rainwater collection system captures rainfall in an underground manhole, where a 65-watt pump distributes the water to a drip irrigation system serving the planters in this area. The pump is powered by a solar photovoltaic panel located on the roof of the building.

In addition, the Smith Student Center West Parking Lot features an environmentally friendly stormwater bioswale, porous pavement, and three bioretention rain gardens that minimize soil erosion silt run-off by capturing/filtering stormwater runoff on-site, rather than channeling it to the municipal stormwater system.

The largest parking lots on campus (East and West Lake Parking Lots) also employ drainage opening at the bottom of the parking space "bumpers" that funnel run-off water below grade via a perforated piping system.

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

SRU composts pre-consumer food wastes from Boozel Dining Hall at the Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. Leaves in many areas are also mulched on-site, and tree trimmings are kept on site to create additional habitat or to provide firewood for the Macoskey Center wood stove.

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

Indigenous planting areas have been incorporated into new building sites, and very little potable water is used for site irrigation(except for two athletic fields and a number of water-reservoir type potted plant containers that do use potable water, but in a very efficient manner).

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):

SRU uses snow-melting systems at major building entrances to minimize the use of chemicals, and salting is normally only done after snow plowing/manual snow removal is completed when conditions require it (SRU does not typically salt in preparation for a potential storm). We use an “Ice melt blend” on the campus sidewalks which has calcium chloride, sodium chloride and potassium/magnesium chloride in it. Bulk rock salt is used for streets, parking lots and driveways.

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