Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.79
Liaison Chad King
Submission Date June 9, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Denver
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.56 / 2.00 Chad King
Sustainability Coordinator
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Total campus area:
125 Acres

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 5 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 35 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 40 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 80 Acres

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

Excluded area is hardscape and buildings

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

Use of mulch to manage water loss. Leave grass clippings at mow site for organic matter to nourish turf. Mulch leaves in the Fall for organic matter to nourish turf. Hand pull broadleaf volunteer plants in landscape beds.

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:

Integrated methods that make use of monitoring and non-toxic preventative measures (e.g., site inspection and maintenance, cultural controls, pest inspection and population monitoring) will be used to proactively manage and minimize pest issues. In the event that monitoring activities reveal a need for the use of pest controls, appropriate control options will be evaluated, and the least-toxic option likely to be effective will be employed.

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

The Grounds Crew in support of the University’s mission, will strive to create, maintain, and foster grounds conditions that are safe, clean, healthy, ecologically sound and aesthetically pleasing. Our tasks will be accomplished with a workforce that is knowledgeable, dedicated and committed to delivering quality service.

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

The Irrigation shop's general approach toward irrigating the living enviroment is through evapotranspiration (ET). Daily review of all irrigation systems via a computerized system as well as direct inspections.

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:

Landscape materials are composted as much as possible. Turf clippings are mulched onsite. Leaves are mulched to nourish the turf.

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

Plant selections are only drought tolerant or xeric. Mulch depth to minus water loss through evaporation and to minimize broadleaf volunteer species.

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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