Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.05
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Toronto Mississauga
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.94 / 2.00 Ahmed Azhari
Director, Utilities & Sustainability
Facilities Management & Planning
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Total campus area:
91 Hectares

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 29.45 Hectares
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 2 Hectares
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 31.45 Hectares

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

The lands excluded from the Area managed is comprised of:
Building Footprints
Residence Footprints
Parking Lot Footprints
Pond surface area
Unmanaged Natural Areas

Unmanaged natural areas consist of areas of forested and grassland habitats on campus that are largely unmanaged, with the exception of minor trail maintenance (i.e. removing fallen trees across the trail).

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

All Gardens are hand weeded. Shrub beds, tree rings and where appropriate planting beds mulch is used suppress weed growth. All yard waste is collected and processed off site for either compost or woodchip/mulch repurposing. The use of regionally native species is has also been made a priority.

Turf areas are mowed, aerated, over seeded, top dressed and re-sod/seeded where required. During regular maintenance grass clippings are mulched in place as the majority of the mowing equipment has been equipped with mulching blades or kits. Where appropriate and in areas that are not functionally best served by turf other native plantings have been installed. Inorganic fertilizers are not used in areas that are managed organically.

In campus woodlots where hazard or dangerous trees must be removed where possible harm to campus users on adjacent walking paths or roadways best efforts are made to leave the majority of the fallen tree in the interior of woodlots – downed trees left where they have fallen.

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:

The only weeds that we will spray with chemical pesticides are poison ivy and giant hogweed – use glyphosate – as these plants are dangerous to campus users

There are approximately 6 small isolated spots on campus that due to their proximity to frequent pedestrian traffic and somewhat persistent reoccurrence of certain weeds that present a hazard, Pesticides are used as noted above. These areas area all immediately adjacent to Naturalized sections of the campus

Total area these isolated spots represents is roughly 4000 square meters

Sports field – fertilized twice per year – once in spring, once in autumn - otherwise all maintenance is cultural. The sports fields are the only area on campus where inorganic fertilizers are used.

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

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

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

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:

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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