Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.88
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date April 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Madison
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.03 / 2.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Total campus area:
2,200 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 1,138.40 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 1,061.60 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 2,200 Acres

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

This data includes the footprint of buildings and impervious surfaces but the majority of these acres are on the main campus which would fall under the conventional management approach.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

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). Portions of the Arboretum and Lake Shore Nature Preserve where chemical herbicides are applied have been included in the conventional management plan figures above.

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:

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:

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.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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