Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.27
Liaison Prabhakar Shrestha
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Jeff Culbertson
Assistant Director, Landscape Operations
Facilities Managment & Planning
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
622.37 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 0 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) 428.95 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 428.95 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):

Land excluded consists of building footprints and parking lots.


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

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

Landscape Services constantly monitor insects, diseases, weeds, etc., and only applies pesticides if necessary. They use additional control measures, such as cultural practices, using resistant varieties of plants, biological control, mechanical control, rotating plants in certain beds, etc. In many situations certain levels of insects or diseases can be tolerated. Pesticides are applied when the health or life of the plant becomes endangered and other practices have not controlled the problem. We do not apply preventative pesticides unless perennial problems exist with certain insects, diseases or weeds. Each situation is evaluated and the Campus Landscape leadership makes the final decision if pesticides are to be applied.

All federal, state and local regulations are strictly followed when any pesticides are applied.


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:

UNL uses a large number of native and drought tolerant shrubs and plants on campus for campus landscaping.


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

UNL completed a $2.3 million project to restore Dead Man's Run, a waterway from North 48th Street to near North 42nd Street, and a tributary that parallels the west side of North 48th Street from Holdrege Street to its confluence with Dead Man's Run.


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

Grass clippings and leaves are mulched by Landscape Services' Mulching Mowers, leaving them on site to decompose and enrich the soil.

Pruning, removed trees, and shrubs are ground into mulch to be redistributed throughout UNL's campus.

Yard waste is composted and then reapplied to build up soil quality.


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

UNL Landscape Services uses trees to shade buildings from the summer sun and protect them from the winter winds.


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):

Landscape Services responds to inclement winter weather with a fleet of equipment & supplies to keep campus operating in a a safe environment.

Of these supplies, Landscape Services limits its materials using primarily liquid & granular Magnesium Chloride, which is an environmentally friendly ice removal product.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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