|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Oct. 13, 2017|
University of Notre Dame
OP-9: Landscape Management
|0.51 / 2.00||
Campus Safety & University Operatis
Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
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||209 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)||200 Acres|
|Total area of managed grounds||409 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 footprint of buildings and impervious surfaces have been excluded.
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:
Our IPM program seeks to incorporate and coordinate various avenues of control and management, such as the use of disease resistant plants, proper cultural methods, closely monitor our irrigation and only water as needed and having thresholds in place when making decisions concerning any pesticide applications. We adhere to the four-tiered approach to integrated pest management for the 709 acres we currently maintain.
Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
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:
Grass clippings are left on the fields. Planting areas utilize organic fertilizers and are mulched as needed to retain moisture and provide additional nutrients.
A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
Notre Dame uses a zone planting system where plants specific to our zone are used throughout campus. Notre Dame works to use plants that have suitable hardiness to our zone’s temperature extremes, as determined by the lowest average annual temperature. Native grasses and perennials are used throughout campus plantings as well. Notre Dame also maintains a Sculpture Park on the south end of campus, which features a reconstructed native habitat with indigenous trees, shrubs, and grasses.
A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
The areas that are irrigated use a smart system that monitors moisture and adjusts the water application.
A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):
The University of Notre Dame composts 100% of the yard waste from grounds keeping, including grass trimmings.
A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
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 website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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