Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.70
Liaison Caitlin McLennan
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019

STARS v2.2

Utah State University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.58 / 2.00 Shane Richards
Facilities Landscape Operations
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Total campus area:
354.18 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 12.14 Hectares
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 180.17 Hectares
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 161.87 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 354.18 Hectares

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

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:
Due to some people that are sensitive to chemicals we have about 30 acres that are maintained with only organic compounds.
• We use an vinegar-based product to kill weeds.
• Neem’s oil is used to take care of insects and fungi.
• We top dress with bio-mulch (composted leaves, and animal waste) and/or use humus products to fertilize turf.

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 IPM Plan outlines the procedures to be followed to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors from pests and pesticide hazards while maintaining tolerable pest pressure within USU buildings.

USU IPM Policy Objectives:
• Elimination of significant threats caused by pests to the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the public.
• Prevention of loss or damage to structures or property by pests.
• Protection of environmental quality outside buildings.
• Improve indoor air quality and health by minimizing pesticide use indoors
• Outline a plan of action for response to pest sightings and complaints
• Develop and pest monitoring and control program ensuring the safety and health of students, faculty, staff, and the public
• Prevent loss or damage to structures or property by pests
• Ensure the sustainability of the facilities IPM Program
• Establish standards for safe pesticide storage and record keeping
• Outline pest tolerance thresholds

USU’s IPM Plan also incorporates voluntary compliance with the regulations promulgated by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food for pesticide use and licensing of pesticide applicators.

A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
The university uses native plants where appropriate for design and use. Native plants are strongly encouraged as well as many species of water-wise plants that are not native. Landscape operations and maintenance also focuses on grouping plantings based upon water needs to minimize water applied. USU is the home of 13 state champion trees and 28 legacy trees.

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:
Most green-waste is collected and composted for use on campus. Woody branches from pruning are chipped and used for mulch on landscapes or composted with green waste for food waste.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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