Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.46
Liaison Fortino Morales
Submission Date April 21, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of California, Riverside
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 John Cook
Director of Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 616.73 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 70.42 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 195 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 351 Acres
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 0 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

UCR grounds are developed and maintained in accordance with an integrated pest management plan that adheres to the following four-tiered approach:
1) Set action thresholds
2) Monitor and identify pests
3) Prevention
4) Control
UCR is currently implementing a more stringent IPM program to meet the LEED v3 Operations and Maintenance IPM requirements.

A brief summary of the institution’s approach to sustainable landscape management:

UCR has developed an IPM Plan based on the San Francisco Dept. of Environment Pesticide Screening System.

A brief description of how the institution protects and uses existing vegetation, uses native and ecologically appropriate plants, and controls and manages invasive species:

All new landscape installed on campus must meet the campus design guidelines (see below) and achieve LEED NC SSc5.1.
• Minimize irrigation through the selection
of plants appropriate to specific campus
environments and use
• Focus the use of turf requiring more
irrigation and care on high-use areas
such as courtyards and malls that
require a walkable surface
• Utilize native or climate-appropriate
and drought-tolerant plantings where
• Promote water conservation by using
a computer-regulated irrigation system
as well as efficient subterranean drip
irrigation systems
• Incorporate UCR’s Integrated Pest
Management policies in plant selection

A brief description of the institution’s landscape materials management and waste minimization policies and practices:

All grass clippings are mulched on campus and all trimmings and other green waste are composted on our agricultural lands that are part of the main campus acreage.

A brief description of the institution’s organic soils management practices:

Currently the campus uses synthetic fertilizers, but restricts application to least amount needed to preserve landscaping.

A brief description of the institution’s use of environmentally preferable materials in landscaping and grounds management:

UCR uses manual equipment when possible to reduce air and noise pollution. We are working with campus researchers and students to develop environmentally preferred methods for drainage and for small gasoline/diesel landscaping equipment.

A brief description of how the institution restores and/or maintains the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus:

UCR has recently restored two Arroyos to enhance its storm water run-off. Any new building project must retain 100% of storm water run-off already existing.

A brief description of how the institution reduces the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal (if applicable):


A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:

Is the institution recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program (if applicable)?:

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management programs and practices is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Need to update as soon as we have a finalized IPM

Need to update as soon as we have a finalized IPM

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