Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.05
Liaison Daniela Beall
Submission Date Nov. 6, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Paul Pinkston
Director of Facilities Planning and Management
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
680 Acres

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 250 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) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 250 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):

Excluded acreage includes building footprints and area not regularly maintained.

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 grounds staff consists of 6 fulltime employees. All of them maintain a Wisconsin Pesticide applicators license in turf and landscape and have a landscape background or college degree in horticulture. They are familiar with turf, woody shrubs, annual and perennial flowers and trees. All are trained to monitor and identify problems on the campus grounds in manicured landscape or natural areas (290 acre arboretum). Any problems identified are discussed as a team prior to action being taken. Some items included in the IPM plans that helps maintain best environmental practices: Knowledge of plant species which allow best care and maintenance practices in turf and landscape areas to maintain health; Use of new state-of-the-art computerized sprayer when pesticides are applied; Use of chemicals and pesticides with lower environmental impact when pesticides are needed; Use of chemicals and pesticides with lower environmenal impact when pestices are needed; Rotation of fungicides, insecticides and herbicides to reduce resistance; Application of phosphorus-free fertilizer to keep turf areas healthy; Have implemented a Nutrient Management System Plan on landscape turf and athletic field areas with soil test every 5 years; Use of best cultural practices available, by staying current with new technology that becomes available to keep us sustainable and environmentally friendly; Keep close contact with County Extension office to keep up to date on any pest outbreaks in our area as well as information on hardy, disease resistance plant species.

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:

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

The Grounds Department works closely with the Biodiversity Committee on campus to gather input on the best native species of trees and shrubs to use. We maintain a small tree nursery on campus with suggested native varieties of trees that are use in campus plantings. The species are very diversified to increase tree survival. When ordering woody shrubs and flowers, only local nurseries are used to ensure hardiness of plants in our growing region.

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

The campus maintains a stormwater management plan that meets or exceeds all state and federal guidelines. A variety of managed landscapes such as bioswales and retention pond helps slow and clean runoff from hardscape surfaces on campus.

A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):

UW - Green Bay composts tree and grass trimmings that are not mulched directly back into the landscape. Yard waste comes from campus grounds only, not the natural areas owned/managed by the University.

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):

Snow and ice are a given in Green Bay. The Grounds department uses a variety of equipment and techniques for snow and ice control, allowing the best choice of options to tackle the given snow/ice accumulation in the most cost effective and environmentally friendly manner possible. Modern salters and sanders are used and equipment is upgraded as budgets allow. Different types of snow melt and salt/sand mixtures are used to obtain best results while using the least amount of product to keep campus safe.

Sand, salt and ice melts are kept in a containted salt storage shed which is inpsected yearly by state facility inspectors. All employees are trained on equipment before applying any products. Hydraulic brooms are used on sidewalk areas to remove snow and ice. This keeps the pavement areas ice free most times and reduces the need for ice melts in most instances. When salting roads, the least amount of product is used to obtain a safe travel surface.

The campus purchases salt and ice melt through a state contract so products used are products that are chosen by state contracts.

In winter, with the underground conscourse system between the majority of academic buildings, the campus closes most sidewalks and stairways that lead into people pockets located on the lower levels of campus buildings. This saves snow removal costs and reduces the amounts of ice melt needed on campus.

At winter's end, all streets and parking lot curbs and surfaces are swept, removing any solids or contaminates which may enter the storm water drains. Any damaged turf areas are reseeded or resodded to keep turf areas healthy and vigorous so they continue to filter solids out of storm water.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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