Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.68
Liaison Mei May
Submission Date Nov. 22, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at San Antonio
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.40 / 2.00 Mei L May
Director Office of Sustainability
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Total campus area:
600 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 360 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 120 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 120 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 600 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:

UTSA's Downtown Campus is excluded from this count.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

Organic Compost and Fertilizer: Contractor will utilize organic compost twice a year at ¼ inch in accordance with the Grounds Schedules in Schedule 1 and Schedule 1.1 to Exhibit A. Contractor will utilize organic fertilizer when organic compost cannot or should not reasonably be used due to odor.

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:

IPM Program and Low Impact Products. University supports the best management practice to solve pest control problems and lawn ornamental and grounds disease issues through an Integrated Pest Management program (“IPM”). An IPM is a low or non-chemical alternative of controlling or eliminating

pests and diseases through low or nonchemical methods of treatment. Contractor will implement IPM programs designed to protect the health and safety of University faculty, staff, students, and invitees. Contractor will apply "low impact" or non-residue pesticide s with acceptable effectiveness, unless otherwise directed by University Representative.

Contractor’s IPM program must include (but is not limited to) control and extermination of common structural pest such as insects and rodents. In addition, Contractor will provide an IPM program specifically for lawn and ornamental control that includes control of insect pests of ornamentals, ornamental

turf plant disease and weed management as more particularly described in this Agreement. The two IPM programs are collectively referred to herein as the “IPM Program." Within thirty (30) days of the Effective Date, Contractor will provide a monthly inspection and treatment plan consistent with the principles of the IPM program.

A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:

Work with different UTSA organizations to help with installation, education and sustainability of different native plant materials utilized on campus.

A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:

Following the City Of San Antonio’s Water recommendations from the conservation department. University land management groups plant materials to their similar needs, assure beds are well mulched to help reduce the evaporation of water loss from the soil.

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:

UTSA provides the care of the land in it native state to the best of our ability to provide a balanced beauty for students, faculty and staff to enjoy.

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:

Water conservation stage two water only, weed suppression using organic chemicals or compost to help suppress unwanted weeds. Utilizing tree trimmings for organic mulch on campus. Planting plant native plant material in area suitable for survival.

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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