Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Smith College
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.38 / 2.00 Bob Dombkowski
Supervisor- Grounds Section
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 180 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 25 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 50 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 40 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 :

Monitoring of turf and ornamental, controlling pests and weeds only when necessary using the safest products we can find.

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

Sustainability is a major factor in choosing products for our grounds maintenance

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

We currently have an invasive species plan reported on a yearly basis to the Cons Commission Areas designated along the Mill River water way are inspected and invasive plants are removed.

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

All leaf matter is collected and composted, Brush and trimmings are chipped and stock piled, wood debris is collected and used for fire wood.

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

College compost is added to loam and used in turf repairs around campus.

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

We are constantly looking for the most environmentally friendly products we can find. Recently switching to Acelepryn for insect control and long time user of Poly-On, a non leaching Nitrogen formula. We use local non-dyed bark mulch in plant beds and our own compost in garden areas. We compost horse manure and bedding from the stables as well as food waste from the kitchens.

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

Water infiltration systems are installed across campus to mitigate storm-water surge.
Smith uses water from Mill River for irrigation to reduce potable water use. Invasive plants along the Mill River water way are removed.

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

The use of sand has been greatly reduced by using an organic pre- treatment for snow and ice. Snow piles are removed off campus which reduces snow melt into the river.

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

The campus was recently accredited as an Arboretum under Morton Arboretum Arb Net.

Smith College owns 243 acres in Whately and Conway, Massachusetts. The property is known as the Ada & Archibald MacLeish Field Station. 190 acres of the field station are permanently protected from development by a Conservation Restriction held donated by the College to the Kestrel Land Trust (Amherst, Mass.). The field station is adjacent to and contiguous with nearly 5000 permanently protected acres in Western Massachusetts, recognized by the Nature Conservancy as a "Reslient Landscape."

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:

The footprint of the campus' buildings includes parking lots and sidewalks, as those areas on not applicable to IPM management practices.

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