Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.95
Liaison John Alejandro
Submission Date March 11, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of San Diego
OP-T2-23: Landscape Waste Composting

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Charles Thomas
Grounds Supervisor
Grounds and Maintenance
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution compost or mulch waste from grounds keeping, including grass trimmings?:

A brief description of the composting or mulching program:

The University of San Diego composts the vast majority of green waste produced on campus. Some tree branches and lumber are not mulched but instead processed using a splitter and made available for the campus community (especially staff and Outdoor Adventures team) for use. Others such as palm branches, Formium and Yucca are not suitable for mulching due to their fibrous nature and have to be trashed. Most lawn clippings are clipped using a mulching mover and left on site to nourish plants there. Clippings from sports fields (combined size about five acres) and other green waste (from trimming, pruning activities) are mulched using a chipper and used on site to nourish plants. USD is self-sufficient in mulch, and has been so since 2011.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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