Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.30
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2018
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University of Missouri
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
0.77 / 2.00 Srinivasan Raghavan
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
1,262 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 715 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 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 209 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 924 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):

The campus landscape includes 209 acres of undeveloped woodlands.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
77.38

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

Landscape Services and Athletics uses an Integrated Pest Management program to maintain a healthy and beautiful campus with the least amount of impact on the environment. In conjunction with IPM practices, Landscape Services monitors pest populations by scouting and trapping and uses a variety of methods to control the damage. The goal of the Integrated Pest Management program is to preserve and protect the landscape in order to accomplish our mission, while minimizing personal and environmental impacts, and establish sustainable landscape management practices.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0

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

The campus landscape includes 209 acres of undeveloped woodlands. The campus also includes restored acreage devoted to collaborative research with the COE and CAFNR in the area of stormwater reclamation and cleanup of waters within one of the campus watersheds. Invasive species are controlled on the 755 acres of maintained property. The University of Missouri is an active member of the Grow Native! Program, an effort of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, and uses native species whenever possible.


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

The campus has adopted a comprehensive Stormwater Master Plan that identifies current efforts and future opportunities to use best management practices that harvest this water resource and work to clean any storm water that finds its way into the storm sewer system.


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

100% of the green waste generated on the campus is either composted in place within the campus landscape or is taken to an off-site composting area run by the city of Columbia. Green waste composted off-site is available to the citizens of Columbia free of charge.


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):

The university has reduced its overall use of sodium chloride on pavements by utilizing magnesium chloride pellets for campus sidewalks. Although this is another form of chloride it is less likely to injure plant materials and minimizes the amount of sodium in the stormwater generated in snow fall.

The equipment that is used to treat sidewalks has been switched from rotary broadcasting types to ‘drop’ type spreaders that apply magnesium chloride pellets to only the center of the targeted sidewalk. This has reduced by 40% the amount of material applied.

The campus has not used coal cinders, a waste material from the campus power plant, in snow removal operations in more than 8 years.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Landscape Services - Campus Facilities

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