Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.89
Liaison Micah Kenfield
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.28 / 2.00 Micah Kenfield
Sustainability Coordinator
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
6335 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 1783 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 6 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 4546 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 6335 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):
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
28.15

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:

The Grounds Division at Facilities and Services follows the principles of integrated pest management by trying to prevent pests, monitoring and identifying pests, and knowing at what point action is needed. Grounds makes every attempt to pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0.09

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:

Sustainable Student Farm grows all crops to full organic standards per USDA regulation. They choose not to formally pursue certification due to cost.


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

The Grounds Division uses native trees/shrubs/perennials as much as possible, and sets annual goals toward more sustainable practices.


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

We compost as many leaves and herbaceous plant material as possible. We turn the material throughout the year and re-use the end product in our perennial and annual flower beds. We also chip all of the trees we remove on campus and re-use the wood chips as mulch across campus. 100% is done on University property.


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

We pre-treat the sidewalks with a salt brine and magnesium chloride solution. Rock salt is only applied at the curb cuts/crosswalks. We plow, snow blow or broom the majority of snow off our walks and allow the pre-treatment to do the rest. Applying brine to the walks prior to a show/ice event uses much less salt and you do not have the bounce and scatter effect of applying it in the granular form.


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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