Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date Aug. 27, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Commonwealth University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Parker Long
Sustainability Reporting and Outreach Coordinator
Facilities Management - Office of Sustainability
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Total campus area:
663 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 0 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 182 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 182 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:
The area excluded from managed grounds includes only the area of the Rice Rivers Center property that is left native for research purposes, 481 acres of the 494 acre total area.

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

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:
VCU's campus grounds are managed using the principles of integrated pest management to the best of our ability and taking into consideration the challenges we face in our urban landscape. Action thresholds: We do not have formal action thresholds but do not take any pest control actions until there is a adverse impact on plant health or economic damage. Monitoring and Identifying Pests: We monitor for plant pests and disease to the best of our staffing ability. Some monitoring does happen through established priority monitoring. Other pests and diseases are identified incidentally as we complete scheduled maintenance. Prevention: In our urban landscape, we can't always fix the cultural issues that stress plants and predispose them to pests and disease but we try to influence design choices that minimize cultural problems in the future. We also allow landscapes to adapt. Plants that do not thrive are replaced with plants better suited to site conditions. Smart irrigation systems are used to reduce plant stress associated with insufficient or excessive irrigation. Control: We use mulch and employ pre-emergent herbicides to suppress weed seed germination and reduce post-emergent herbicide use but still must apply post-emergent herbicides in turf, ornamental beds and hardscapes throughout campus when prevention methods are no longer effective. We do some preventive and least toxic applications of horticultural oil to suppress insect pests before their populations impact plant health. We use systemic insecticides rather than contact insecticides whenever possible and do not employ many broad spectrum pesticides. We continue to test and evaluate effective, less risky pest controls including organic products and have used biorational fungicides and biological controls for pest and disease management on campus.

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:

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

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