Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.64
Liaison William Cocke
Submission Date May 14, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of North Texas
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Todd Spinks
UNT Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 880 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 94.33 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 0 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 785.67 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

UNT is committed to promoting sustainability through campus grounds, utilizing only native landscaping, instituting a campus Tree Policy, and being recognized as a Tree Campus USA for the past four consecutive years.

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

UNT is recognized as a Tree Campus and continues to participate in yearly tree plantings and dedications. All landscaping is done with native landscaping.

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

UNT uses only native landscaping.

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

Native landscaping and greenspaces help to:

Improve drainage by absorbing rainwater and preventing soil erosion
Absorb pollutants, thereby offsetting greenhouse gas emissions
Decrease the urban heat island effect by shading heat-absorbing surfaces
Reduce noise pollution, as trees and shrubs deflect noises from the urban environment

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

Synthetic fertilizer use has been reduced by 5207 pounds.

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

UNT has reduced use of chemical fertilizer and replaced it with natural fertilizer.

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

Native landscaping helps avoid excessive water use in maintaining grounds.

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

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

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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