Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.15
Liaison Jessica Bilecki
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of the Pacific
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.86 / 2.00 Toby Rose
Senior Superintendent
Physical Plant
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Total campus area:
175 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 1.50 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 71 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 13.50 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 86 Acres

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

About 89 acres of total campus area is impervious and consists of building foot prints, roads, parking lots, walkways and other hardscaped surfaces.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

The 1 acre Ted & Chris Robb garden and .5 acre Sacramento Campus Community Garden are managed according to basic Grow BioIntensive principles. Only ecologically friendly materials are used in this space. No inorganic fertilizers, pesticide or fungicides are used in this area. Both gardens are managed to support healthy soils and thus healthy plants via no-till, crop rotations, cover crops, and adding compost.

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:

Pacific Grounds staff on the Stockton campus follow guidelines of the attached IPM program.

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

The university's approach to plant selection is simple. We only except native or drought tolerant plants that are zoned correctly. We use the various plant guides for proper plant selection. Only in unique cases do we differ from this process. In addition, there is a native plant garden and the John Muir botanic area. The John Muir area features site appropriate plants mentioned in John Muir's writings and replaced water intensive lawn.

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

Water retention and infiltration is aided by 9 bio-swales. Bio-swales were installed in conjunction with LEED certified building projects. Knoles field offers additional retention and recharge as it serves as an over flow for the city drainage system. As of Summer 2020 100% of irrigated areas use a non-potable water. Potable water use is minimized as standard practice by utilizing infrastructure that minimizes water use such as drip irrigation or low-flow nozzles, low-flow faucets and toilets.

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

All landscape green waste materials are collected by our waste hauler. It is composted or mulched along with the city's green waste at their facility and delivered back to the University for use in landscaping as needed.

A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:

All new landscape designs go through an internal approval process. During the design process many things are considered regarding energy efficiency and landscaping. For example: The southern side of building should be lined with deciduous trees. In the winter the tree defoliates exposing the building so that it can benefit from the direct heat from the sun. During the summer the leaves shade the building.

A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:

Every aspect in managing Pacific’s landscape is designed to encompass sustainability. The University of the Pacific ground’s department employs licensed and certified chemical applicators to ensure a safe environment for our students. We are focused on reducing landscape water usage through smart design known as xeriscaping. The campuses storm water run-off is closely monitored through the use of Bio filtering and other control measures required by storm water pollution prevention plans also known as SWPPP.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

There are about 86 acres of managed areas. Only the Sacramento campus (~14 acres total), with the exception of the garden is managed using conventional management with no IPM guidelines.

Webpage no longer publicly available. University of the Pacific updated the public-facing website in Fall 2020, eliminating multiple pages including this one.
Page is still internally accessible to Pacific staff.

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