Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
1.93 / 2.00 Lester Potts
Grounds Superintendent
Facilities Management Landcare
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 932 Acres
+ Date Revised: Jan. 27, 2016
Footprint of the institution's buildings 332.90 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 18 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 749.10 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

IPM plans include:
-Monitor plant material for symptoms on a regular basis, as well as check documented problem areas.
-Identify problem causing symptoms; establish life cycle and treatment options.
-Set economic threshold; if threshold is reached a management tactic is selected; monitor; evaluated.
-Document the location, pest, treatment, results, and file for future use.

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

The general goal of the land care department at the institution is reduce the amount of treatments and work onto the grounds that is economically feasible while continuing to have a beautiful campus for which the community can enjoy. Specific examples below:
-A specific map of all of the trees is apart of the Land Care department to determine which trees have had different special treatments and trimmings so that the care of the landscape is done appropriately and economical.
-Aeration occurs twice a year so that rainwater is better used by turf grass and less watering is needed. On top of this other types of grasses other than blue grass are being explored that require less water.

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

The University utilizes native plants where and when possible. Native plants were inventoried in 2014 and resulted in a count of 89,268 herbaceous plants, grasses and forbs. There were also 6,350 native trees and 21,862 native shrubs.

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

Woody plants are used whenever possible for mulch in other parts of campus. All herbaceous material is composted offsite by a third-party.

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

IPM standards are kept in limiting inorganic fertilizers wherever possible.

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

As stated above composting is done whenever possible and is given to a third-party company.

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

From the 2012 Storm Water Master Plan, Section 1.1 Guiding Principals: "The University is committed to minimizing the negative impacts on the natural hydrologic cycle and thereby improving the overall water quality and clarity as much as possible by treating storm water close to where it falls, reducing downstream impacts, recharging groundwater through infiltration as local soils and subsurface conditions allow, and reusing storm water wherever possible."

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

The snow and ice removal program is designed around mechanical removal with applications of chlorides in the right amount, at the right time, and at the right temperature. Steps include: annually calibrating equipment and training/reviewing with staff proper use of de-icing chemicals; monitoring weather conditions; pre-treating primary pedestrian walkways, roads, parking ramps and loading docks with liquid de-iciers; pre-wetting road salt; minimizing use of sand to appropriate conditions.

A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:

Sarita wetlands on the St. Paul campus. Located in the southeast corner of the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, the Sarita Wetland is what remains of the Sarita Lake, which was drained in the 1800s. The Sarita Wetland Restoration Project began with the creation of the former Sustainable Campus Initiative in 2000. The purpose of the project was to implement innovative storm-water management techniques on a substantial area of campus.

The Minneapolis campus is bisected by the Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area. The river enters the northern corridor as a free-flowing prairie river and moves downstream to plunge over St. Anthony Falls and into the river's narrowest gorge. Eight and one-half miles later, the river exits the gorge to become the country's dominant floodplain river and part of the largest inland navigation system on earth. Through the eight and one-half mile gorge, the Mississippi drops more than 110 feet, the river's steepest descent anywhere. The river's rapidly changing character explains why the national river and recreation area has such a unique concentration of nationally significant resources. The portion of the park adjacent to the University includes the gorge portion downstream of St. Anthony Falls.

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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