Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 92.73
Liaison Emmanuelle Jodoin
Submission Date Oct. 24, 2022

STARS v2.2

Université de Sherbrooke
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.86 / 2.00 Chantal Couture
Director General
Building Services
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Total campus area:
458 Hectares

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 48.31 Hectares
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 0 Hectares
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 3.69 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 52 Hectares

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

The total area of managed grounds of the Université de Sherbrooke represents 52 hectares out of the 458 hectares of the total area of the University. To calculate the area of managed grounds, building footprints and impervious surfaces were excluded, as well as lands that are not regularly managed or maintained by the University (i.e., Mont Bellevue Park, Parc Écoforestier de Johnville [EN: Johnville Bog & Forest Park], and some forests and natural areas).

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

As part of the Université de Sherbrooke's biological pest management program, implemented in 2010, no inorganic fertilizers and no chemical pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides are used on campuses. Lawns are fertilized only with organic fertilizers. In addition, several ecological maintenance methods are in place to promote the addition of organic matter to the soil and the creation of wildlife habitats. Grass clippings are left on the ground after mowing, and most leaf litter is left behind in the fall. Despite the constant mowing, the campuses contain many dandelions throughout May, which are highly valued by pollinators. For this reason, there is no dandelion control. A mixture of grass and clover is planted in soil mixed with compost produced on campus. If necessary, peat rolls are installed in badly damaged areas. The compost produced by the main campus composter is used directly to enrich the institution's landscaping and lawns. The planting of perennial species is also encouraged in the campuses landscaping. Aeration and fertilization with compost, peat moss, and manure are carried out annually.

It is important to note that this program excludes sports fields which are currently managed with a different approach by applying synthetic fertilizers with rates of 22-4-8, 18-3-6 and 10-18-18 (as of NPK).

Finally, the implementation of this program has resulted in the control of invasive species, the planting of new trees each year as well as the incorporation of melliferous plants in the university's landscaping.

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:

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

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:

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:

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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