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Liaison Greg Monaco
Submission Date Nov. 10, 2016
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Stony Brook University
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Tom Lanzilotta
Campus Energy Manager
Campus Operations and Maintenance
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 1,454 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 274.85 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 800 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 0 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 379 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

Hospital Custodial Services manages our hospital pest control program under the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that manages pests by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

Our IPM practices include inspections, sanitation, prevention, mechanical controls and chemical controls as our last alternative. We select only New York State registered pesticides for use in the Hospital.

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

From its planting program, the university typically selects plants that are native species on Long Island are also aesthetically pleasing. While this program specializes in planting native species - oaks, pines, and certain bushes - occasionally non-native species are also used as Long Island has been reclassified from Hardiness Zone 6a to 7b by the United States National Arboretum. It was determined that the Long Island region should expect a warmer climate with an average temperature increase of 1 degree every 11 years. As a result of this reclassification, the University adjusted its planting program and landscaping efforts.

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

The University has many areas of open land including a nature preserve. There has also been areas of land set aside to grow wildflower meadows which encourage resilience to invasive species.

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

The greenhouse that grows the University's plants has a rainwater harvesting system which stores and uses the water for its plants. This rainwater collection system conserves municipal water and well water, is low in salts and additives so it's good for plants, and helps to reduce flooding and erosion in the immediate area. By growing these annuals in our very own greenhouse, the Grounds department is able to recycle materials already in inventory, save energy and reduce the university's carbon footprint.

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

Soil used for planting annuals is created using compost from a food waste composter. Outdoor debris is also used for mulch. The soil used in annual beds and vegetable plots is tested for its nutrient content periodically.

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

Whenever possible natural materials are used in landscaping. In the greenhouse, for example, all plastic pots are cleaned, sanitized and reused.

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

There are several sumps around campus that process storm water and replenish natural groundwater resources. Open space and forests also help to replenish groundwater resources.

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

All university workers try to use the least amount of fuel and salt when removing snow from walkways.

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

There is a 26 acre plot of forested land on campus dedicated to a deceased faculty member called the Ashley Schiff Preserve. There are also many other forests surrounding campus designated as "Living Treasures".

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:

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