Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.46
Liaison Brandon Raco
Submission Date Sept. 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Guelph
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.81 / 2.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total campus area:
492.50 Hectares

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 31.07 Hectares
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 0 Hectares
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 3.33 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 34.40 Hectares

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

Includes only managed grounds. Building footprints, parking lots, and sidewalks are excluded.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

Dormant Oil to address scale and mites, soap and alcohol to address insects. However, this is very rarely used.

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:

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

Proper planting techniques, amendments to the soil, mulching and pruning are ways Grounds Management stewards our grounds and plants.

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

Water is primarily used on transplants and for establishing trees, shrubs, perennials and herbaceous plants. The only excessive use of water is Sports Fields, however, cisterns are installed to reclaim and reuse the irrigation water.

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

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

To reduce heat islands to minimize impact on micro climates and human and wildlife habitats. During
summer, these measures help to cool the local micro climate
Use any combination of the following strategies for 50% of the site hardscape (including roads, sidewalks, courtyards and parking lots):
• Provide shade from existing tree canopy or within 5 years of landscape installation; landscaping (trees)
must be in place at the time of occupancy.
• Provide shade from architectural devices or structures that have a solar reflectance index (SRI) of at least 29.
• Use hardscape materials with an SRI of at least 29.
• Use an open-grid pavement system (at least 50% pervious).
Roof X
To reduce heat islands to minimize impact on microclimates and plant trees to reduce passive solar gain on buildings (deciduous on South Side of building and coniferous on North Side of building) depending on orientation of the building). There is a goal to shade walkways for comfort and cooling and strategically plant to reduce and prevent wind.

A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:

The University of Guelph is a Bee City Canada Designated Campus. Collaborating with the Nigal Raine Lab for Pollinator Health & Conservation and the Honey Bee Research Centre, the Grounds Department is committed to landscape management that is benefits the health of wild pollinators.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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