Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.73
Liaison Sustainability Office
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2014
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University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-T2-23: Landscape Waste Composting

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Anneliese Hitcho
Student Worker
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution compost or mulch waste from grounds keeping, including grass trimmings?:

A brief description of the composting or mulching program:

The Grounds Sports Turf Maintenance Team composts all grass clippings. Grass clippings are left after mowing the warm season sports fields. During aerification of the sports fields, the resultant plugs are composted and used as top-dressing over the fields. Clippings from the golf greens are added into the pile of aerification plugs and mixed for a top-dressing as well.

Campus turf clippings are not removed when mowing. All rotary mowers are equipped with mowing blades which pulverize and leave grass clippings behind during the mowing operation, cycling the nutrients back into the soil. During leaf-drop in the fall the same mowers mulch as much leaf litter as possible on turf areas. If the level of leaf drop is so heavy that it may impact over-seeding, the leaves are vacuumed up. Some of these leaves are transported to an off-campus site to be broken down naturally.

Some of the leaf litter is transported to both Piney Lake (a UNCG-owned recreational site approximately 8 miles from the main campus), and the City of Greensboro Arboretum, where it is composted. In 2012-13, 12 tons of
leaves were diverted to these two locations from the landfill.

The percentage of landscape waste that is mulched or composted onsite:

The percentage of landscape waste that is mulched or composted off-site:

The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:

Information for this credit was received from Ben Kunka, Manager of the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, and Kevin Siler Grounds Department.

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