Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.72
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Madison
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
2200 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 0 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) 2200 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 2200 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):

This data includes the footprint of buildings and impervious surfaces.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
0

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0

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:
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A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
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A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
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A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):
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A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
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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):

The 636 acre main campus is maintained using conventional landscape management practices that incorporates a number of IPM principles, including:
- Planting native plant species
- Physical controls as the first approach to pest management
- Sampling soils prior to fertilizing to minimize fertilizer application

Furthermore, an IPM program has been established for the campus greenhouse where campus plantings are cultivated. This IPM is expected to be expanded to the entire campus soon.

The 1,262 acre UW-Madison Arboretum and the 300 acre Lake Shore Nature Preserve are both maintained under a sustainable landscape management program (https://arboretum.wisc.edu/land-stewardship/ and https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/2006-master-plan/). Due to the encroachment of invasive species into these natural landscapes, spot treatment of chemical herbicides are periodically applied solely for the management of the invasive species (https://arboretum.wisc.edu/land-stewardship/invasive-species/ and https://lakeshore.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/01/InvasivePlantControlGuidancefinal.pdf). Based upon the STARS definition, the controlled use of chemical herbicides in these areas led them to be categorized as "managed using conventional landscape management practices".


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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