Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.84
Liaison Morgan Hartman
Submission Date Dec. 12, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Morgan Hartman
Recycling Coordinator
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Total campus area:
670.60 Acres

Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds:
Area (double-counting is not allowed)
Area managed organically, without the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides 0 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 428.95 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 428.95 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:
Land excluded consists of building footprints and parking lots.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:

A copy of the IPM plan or program:

A brief description of the IPM program:
Landscape Services constantly monitor insects, diseases, weeds, etc., and applies pesticides if necessary. We 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 life of the plant is threatened, 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.

A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
UNL uses native or adapted, climate tolerant trees, shrubs, and perennials for campus landscaping.

A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
UNL completed a $325,000 project to restore Maxwell Creek, a waterway from south of Holdrege Street winding through Maxwell Arboretum and ends Dead Mans Run. Bioswales or raingardens are now part of every project on campus, helping to reduce storm runoff.

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:
Grass clippings and leaves are mulched by mowing equipment, leaving them on site to decompose and enrich the soil.

Material from pruning and removing plants, are processed into mulch to be redistributed throughout campus.

Landscape 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:
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.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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