Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.40
Liaison Cynthia Klein-Banai
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2014
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University of Illinois Chicago
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Cynthia Klein-Banai
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 242.63 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 72.62 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 0 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 0 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 :

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

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

In the past three or four years, UIC's practice has been to install low maintenance, native plants in new renovation/construction campus grounds. The construction of Lincoln Hall (UIC's first LEED Gold certified building), is just one of the latest "green" buildings that have low maintenance, native plant plot with proper drainage surrounding the building. http://www.uic.edu/sustainability/initiatives/buildings/lincolnhall.html As new buildings/major remodeling projects occur their will be a transition to this kind of landscaping. A prairie garden has been planted across from the UI Medical Center http://blog.sustainability.uic.edu/2009/09/ui-hospital-prairie-garden-blossoms.html. In addition, the Department of Biological Sciences, Grounds and Maintenance, along with students and student groups have been maintaining a couple of small plots of native plants under the program UIC Seed as a pilot project for future native plant landscaping endeavors. UIC also maintains a satellite 5 acre plot (James Woodworth Prairie) of native prairie grass in Glenview, Illinois.

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

UIC collects all landscaping waste for off-site composting. Typically, 150-200 tons of landscape material is composted annually.

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

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

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

UIC's campus is a form of infill development in an urban area. Therefore, there isn't an opportunity to restore or maintain the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus.

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

UIC's snow and ice removal practice includes the strict adherence to limiting certain chemical compounds to certain areas of the institution's grounds. Sodium chloride (NaCl) is only used on parking lots, while calcium chloride (CaCl2) and magnesium chloride (MgCl2) is used on sidewalks, streets, pavements and other necessary hard surfaces. Both CaCl2 and MgCl2 are much less toxic to plant life surrounding paved surfaces, and is less corrosive to concrete and steel (and other iron alloys) than sodium chloride.

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:

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