Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.44
Liaison Rachel Kornhauser
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Oneonta
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Rachel Kornhauser
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
287 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 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 70 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 70 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):

The footprint of buildings and impervious surfaces equals 84.54 acres. The remaining 132.46 acres is not regularly maintained.


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:
0

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

SUNY Oneonta prohibits the planting of invasive species and favors the planting of native species. In 2016, SUNY Oneonta became a Tree Campus USA with a completed tree care plan to ensure the health of all trees on campus. Maintenance of each tree is an ongoing process, from when it is planted until it needs to be removed if it is too sick, not viable, or interfering with utilities. All maintenance of SUNY Oneonta trees are conducted by the grounds department or by a contracted certified arborist. Trees are inspected annually and not interfered with unless necessary.


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

Water use is considered in landscaping decisions. In 2016, artificial turf replaced the 125,000 square foot soccer field to reduce necessary irrigation.


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

The College mulches all lawn clippings and the majority of leaves from campus. All brush is collected, chipped, and left to naturally decompose on grounds.


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):

Renovated or new buildings are built with hydronic snowmelt systems. A hydronic snowmelt system is an energy efficient, heated sidewalks used to reduce the need of harmful de-icing chemicals that harm vegetation and nearby water supplied. Currently, three buildings have these sidewalks.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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