Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.05
Liaison Katherine Spector
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.43 / 2.00 Jonathan Mills
Sustainability Office
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Total campus area:
696 Acres

Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds:
Area (double-counting is not allowed)
Area managed organically, without the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides 185 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 200 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 15 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 400 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:

This area is a natural setting consisting of woodland, marsh and fields.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

This area we all for natural succession and areas that are maintained/mown the mower height is raised to allow for deeper root penetration and to shade out the soil surface. We aerate when needed to alleviate soil compaction. No inorganic fertilizers or organic pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides are applied in this area.

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:

We monitor all of campus weekly throughout the growing season and our action thresholds are set at the economical threshold point. If there is a problem that will cost more to fix than to prevent, we would be obligated to chemically control that situation. The only exceptions would be for safety reasons, for example, a wasps nest in a landscape tree outside the main entrance of a building.

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

Most of our landscaping plant materials are grown locally. We also conduct as much business with small local businesses as possible, provided they are competitive.

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

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:

We maintain a compost pile in the campus’s “hidden fields”. Most grass trimmings are mulched back in, through use of mulchingblades. Our compost includes: leaves, tree limbs, grass, etc. We also recycle our top stone and fill.

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

A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:

We implement the best strategies possible to reduce the environmental impact of snow and ice removal. When buying new equipment or improving existing equipment, SUNY Oswego aims to achieve the lowest environmental impacts caused by our snow and ice removal technologies.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Of all the campus properties owned, only 200 acres are considered cultivated grounds. All cultivated grounds are maintained in the scope of IPM.

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