Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.50
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, Berkeley
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 2.00 Jack Chang
STARS Assessment Fellow (ERG)
Sustainability
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
1,232 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 178 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) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 178 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):

This accounts for the main campus and excludes natural areas such as the hills above campus.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
100

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
A brief description of the IPM program:

UCB's Integrated Pest Management plan aims to reduce the use of pesticides on all campus grounds. http://realestate.berkeley.edu/what-we-do/asset-management-facilities-services/facilities-services/environmental-services


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:

UC Berkeley is scheduled to implement an Organic Landscape Maintenance program for both Faculty and Memorial Glade beginning in September 2018.


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

The campus prioritizes the use of native plants in some parts of campus, but not all. The Landscape Master Plan in Goal 5, Landscape Character, Policy 1 directs the campus to incorporate the principals of sustainable design, construction and maintenance of projects. The campus enjoys a diversity of plant species from around the world. They add interest and support the teaching mission. The area within the three designated Natural Areas and the Strawberry Creek environs emphasize native plants. The campus has a greenhouse in Wellman Courtyard dedicated to the fostering of local native seedling plants to restore the creek zone. Generally, the plant palate emphasizes Mediterranean or temperate climate zone plants that naturalize easily and accept our wet winters and cool but dry summers.

The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden has served as a haven for endangered plants rescued from smugglers, a lab for studying climate change, biomagnetism and hummingbirds’ territorial behavior, a seed bank and a classroom for children. The garden is home to one of the oldest, largest and most diverse collections in the United States.


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

The campus has an extensive program to restore the natural hydrology of Strawberry Creek. Many of the the restoration projects have been initiated or supported by students.

www.creeks.berkeley.edu


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 composts its green waste. Through the fire management program, materials are mulched and kept in place as ground cover.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information in this field was provided by UC Berkeley Grounds Operations.

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