Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.78
Liaison Sarah Rykal
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Stout
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Tim Cline
Graduate Assistant
Sustainability Office
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Total campus area 124.22 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 21.52 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 0 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 102.70 Acres
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 0 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:

The IPM plan :

Everything that is not a building or parking lot is covered by an IPM plan (75 acres). Groundskeeping has thresholds for pest populations and or plant damage before they will apply treatment. Most chemicals are fairly pest-specific, so pests must be identified. There is no defined monitoring plan. When groundskeepers see something odd while walking around campus, the problem is managed. With insects, there is little prevention because the campus has few pest problems. Prevention is used on weeds when a threshold is reached. For example, preventative treatment in specific areas of campus is the most effective strategy for managing crab grass. Another form of prevention is not planting species that have had pest problems in the past.

A brief summary of the institution’s approach to sustainable landscape management:

As stated, there is no specific established plan. However, landscape management is conducted in a sustainable manner in order to preserve diminishing soil area through sustainable water and landscape management.

A brief description of how the institution protects and uses existing vegetation, uses native and ecologically appropriate plants, and controls and manages invasive species:


A brief description of the institution’s landscape materials management and waste minimization policies and practices:

For grass trimmings, mulching mowers are used that allow the trimmings to go back into the ground to reduce nutrient applications. Groundskeeping has a pile generated this year of 300 yards of yard waste compost including mostly old wood mulch, pruning branches, and sticks. All of this compost gets reused by grounds keeping. Most of all landscape waste is composted onsite. The bigger yard waste (somewhere between 2% and 4%) goes to the landfill.

A brief description of the institution’s organic soils management practices:


A brief description of the institution’s use of environmentally preferable materials in landscaping and grounds management:


A brief description of how the institution restores and/or maintains the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus:


A brief description of how the institution reduces the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal (if applicable):

The goal is to minimize the use of salt, and ideally not use any salt, on campus. To minimize salt, groundskeeping pre-treats surfaces with sodium chloride brine and when it gets colder, a sodium chloride and magnesium chloride brine combination. Routes for snow and ice removal are also set up to be as fuel efficient as possible.

A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:


Is the institution recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program (if applicable)?:

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management programs and practices is available:

Information provided by Grounds Department Supervisor

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