Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.64
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Smith College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.71 / 2.00 Bob Dombkowski
Supervisor- Grounds Section
Facilities
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
440 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 0 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 240 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 40 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 280 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):

Our campus is 180 acres, and 40 of those acres are managed. We do not manage the footprint of buildings and impervious surfaces.

The MacLeish Field Station is 260 acres, located off campus in Whately, MA. 240 acres are managed organically.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
0

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
85.71

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:

240 acres of land at the Whately Field Station are managed in an organic land standard. These acres include forested land, a fruit orchard, and meadows. No inorganic fertilizers, or chemical pesticides/fungicides/herbicides are used. 210 acres of the property are under a conservation restriction.


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

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


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

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

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 approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
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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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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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