Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.37
Liaison Angie Kim
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019
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Purchase College - State University of New York
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.98 / 2.00 Angie Kim
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
505 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 500 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 5 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 505 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):
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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:
99.01

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 use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are prohibited on all areas of campus, with the exception of a small area near the Physical Education building with ornamental plants. If outside contractors are called for spraying or other controls, we validate that they use minimum amounts of and only low-risk chemicals. Reports and/or sightings of weeds and pests are assessed as to accuracy, amount, and pervasiveness. Any spraying done is minimized - that is, it is controlled and targeted only to affected areas.


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

Our Grounds department only plants native species, specific to our region and based of the DEC NYS Planting Guide. Invasive species removal occurs sparingly and often combined with curriculum in our Environmental Studies Department to give students a hands-on approach.


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

An irrigation system is in place only in lawn areas on the main plaza and garden/landscape areas beautifying academic buildings. The irrigation system is only used as necessary, specifically during drought-like conditions and are set to timers that are controlled remotely via computer/monitoring system.


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

Landscape waste is processed both on and off campus for later use as compost. Our on-site mechanical composter, utilizes woodchips as the carbon source. The woodchips are processed on-site, from a rental landscape business, that mulches any of our fallen trees or limbs that are necessary for removal.


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):

The Facilities Department staff is responsible for and performs the snow removal on campus to make certain that the access roadways, parking lots and sidewalks are ready for vehicular and pedestrian flow with safety as a priority. The de-icing agents are used only when necessary and are environmentally preferred and can be found via NYS Contract with the Office of General Services. However, prior to utilizing any ice melt, snow and ice is to be removed using ice choppers and shovels.


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