Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.58
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University at Buffalo
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Sean Brodfuehrer
Senior Architectural Planner
Campus Planning
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
1242 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 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 448.20 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 448.20 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):

Natural regeneration areas and areas which are not maintained comprise an additional 342.3 acres.


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:

While not a formal document, University Facilities' policy is to use no pesticides for the majority of campus grounds unless a specific pest threat exists that would be detrimental to the health and/or safety of the campus community. When they are necessary, a pesticide specific to the need is used.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0

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

UB encourages the use of native plant species for all new landscaping projects or upgrades where feasible and practical. There is a master landscape plan that lists a variety of plant and tree species native to the area and that list is supplied to all landscape designers when designing new projects. Due to the nature of the original landscape of the campus and the harsh soil conditions resulting from the original design and construction of the campus, native species are not always the best choice as they do not thrive in the current soil conditions.


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

In Letchworth Woods the natural hydrology of the site has been left in tact. At the Solar Strand a pond basin was designed to handle natural runoff on the central portion of the southern half of the installation. The natural hydrology of the lower topography at the extreme southern end of the site remains in tact. Beginning in May of 2018, a riparian restoration plan has been implemented on the northern shore of UB's Lake LaSalle.


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

All mowers are equipped with mulching mower decks. Grass clippings are mulched as the grass is cut and clippings are left on the lawn to decompose and fertilize the lawn. The mowers also mulch the majority of leaves in the fall.


A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:

We are currently assessing the use of electric trimmers and mowers.


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 University at Buffalo engages in a number of practices to limit the impact of snow and ice removal:

- Proper storage of sand to reduce runoff and leaching.
-minimizing the use of sand.
-hand shoveling,
-traditional plowing
-calibration of salt spreading machinery
- Yearly safety, equipment, and logistics training
- Storing snow in specific areas to minimize runoff.


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