Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.07
Liaison Michelle Bennett
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Delaware
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Michelle Bennett
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
1,996 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 2 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 970 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 972 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):

Total area of managed grounds: 500 Acres

parking lots, building footprint, agricultural fields, experimental agricultural areas


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:

Set thresholds, Monitor and Identify Pests, Prevention, and Control. SHG


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0.21

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:

Organic Trail at CFA area in its 5 year. We use a program that includes organic fertilizer, regular cultural practices including aerification, regular seed applications timed with cultural practices, humic acid applications, organic liquid applications. SHG


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

The institution understands that the landscape design and it subsequent maintenance requirements need to be approached in duality to ensure stewardship matches available labor resources. Plantings are selected for appropriateness of place to ensure maintenance needs are not overly labor intensive. Stewardship techniques range from released natural areas that are managed for removal of invasives /unwanted species (only mowed 1x or 2x annually) to shrub and groundcover plantings that, once established, should only need to be weeded and mulched as needed. Where possible, leaves are left in place as a natural mulch. Other planting areas are managed in a tradition horticultural manner: weeding, pruning as needed, thinned as needed, mulched as needed.


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

Communicate, Budget, Maintain, Monitor, Evaluate, Schedule. Upgrades of old systems to new equipment that includes a central controller, weather monitoring, flow monitoring, and use monitoring. Maintenance of equipment, training of staff, evaluating weather conditions and sites to determine water application needs. SHG


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

UD is home to many large and mature trees, including over 30 mature elms. Many of our buildings benefit from the summertime shade and wintertime sun provided by these multi-story deciduous trees.Our newer LEED-equivalent buildings also take advantage of multiple green roof areas, which provide energy efficiency benefits as well as storm water management benefits.


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):

(SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL) ; Environmentally preferable landscape materials includes the incorporation and use of a high percentage of native plants intermixed with non-invasive foreign exotics; there are pervious paving systems in select locations on campus; leaves are left in place where possible in lieu of removing and replacing with hardwood mulch; where feasible, planted buffers are installed around bioretention ares to protect the edges of the basin from mower pressure and reduce velocity and volume of runoff entering the basin;


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