Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.67
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The Ohio State University at Mansfield
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.77 / 2.00 Brian White
Superintendent, Plant Operations & Maintenance
Mansfield Campus Plant Operations, Schuttera Service Center
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
640 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 566.50 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 73.50 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 640 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:
88.52

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:

Taking careful measure to ensure that best practices are maintained, the grounds crews follow regulations around organic land standards.

The Mansfield Campus grounds-keeping staff and non-staff contractors are certified. The campus maintenance management operates with a planning management scheme. Since 2007, 95 percent of annual landscape beds have been reverted to natural perennial beds or lawn, half of manicured lawn areas reverted to fields and woodlands, and, as a result, use of all lawn chemicals have ceased.


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

The Mansfield Campus encompasses approximately 640 acres. The vast majority of the campus is undeveloped woodland and wetlands. The campus places a very high priority on using native plant species for all of its landscaping.


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

The campus has a “mulch when mow” practice. In addition, woodland branches and dead wood are available for mulching or on-site decomposition.


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):

When necessary, the campus uses limited salt and low-corrosive materials for snow and ice removal. In addition, the campus is a sheet-runoff design. All rain and snow melt runoff is filtered via the natural environment landscaping.


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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