Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.26
Liaison Jennifer deHart
Submission Date March 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Unity College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.38 / 2.00 Stacey Hachey
Administrative Assistant
Sustainability
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
429 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 8 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 34.25 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 42.25 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 college's main campus area is about 57 acres and has about 20 acres that are covered by buildings or pavement. Outside of the main campus and the 8 acres of land at McKay Farm, all other college owned property is not regularly managed or maintained. Some of this includes fields near our maintenance facilities, wooded property behind the main campus and land owned that is not contiguous to the main campus.


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:

The college does not have a formal IPM plan. However, our grounds are managed without the use of synthetic herbicides or pesticides.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
18.93

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:

Our campus farm (~8 acres of field) is certified organic by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)


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

Yes, priority is given to native plants in landscaping, and has teamed with a faculty member to plant chestnut seedlings on campus that were donated by the American Chestnut Foundation


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

The campus completed a stormwater management system several years ago that routes drainage into a stormwater pond.


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

Grass clippings are not collected but mulched by mowing equipment and left on campus grounds. Brush from campus grounds keeping is chipped on campus.


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

Managed land is calculated using polygon capture on Google Earth.

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