Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 31.93
Liaison Irena Lambrou
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Whatcom Community College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Blanche Bybee
Science Lab Supervisor
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
71 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 71 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) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 71 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):

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:

Pests are populations of living organism (animals, plants, or microorganism) that interfere with use of healthcare and other facilities for human purposes.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a method that establishes a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health and environmental risks.

Whatcom Community College (WCC) has developed this Integrated Pest Management Plan for the buildings and grounds managed by the college. The plan outlines procedures to be followed to protect the health and safety of staff, faculty, students, and visitors from pests and pesticide hazards. The plan is designed to voluntarily comply with policies and regulations promulgated by the Department of Agriculture for higher education institutions.

Objectives of this IPM plan include:
• Elimination of significant threats caused by pests to the health and safety of staff faculty, students, and the public.
• Prevention of loss or damage to structures, property, and/or landscaping by pests.
• Protection of environmental quality inside and outside buildings.

This IPM plan will be held and maintained by the WCC’s Facilities and Operations Department.

The Senior Director of Facilities and Operations or designee shall be WCC’s IPM Coordinator and be responsible to implement the IPM plan and to coordinate pest management-related communications between the college and its campus community.

IPM Review
Whatcom Community College’s Safety Committee will provide an annual review of the IPM program and will assist the IPM Coordinator in resolving pest-related issues. The Sustainability Committee will also be consulted regarding any changes or additions to the plan. The committees will address IPM issues as needed and at least annually. Minutes will be taken of committee meetings and kept on file by the committee chairs. Membership will include the IPM Coordinator or designee, as well as individuals representing the student, faculty, classified staff, and exempt staff.

The IPM Coordinator or designee shall be responsible for ensuring notification procedures are followed as outlined below.

When pesticide applications are scheduled on Whatcom’s campus, Facilities and Operations staff and/or the licensed commercial pesticide application service provider(s) shall provide notification in accordance with law and the IMP plan, including:

1. Posting a pest control information sign with the date, time and location of the application and the product applied in an appropriate area and including contact information for additional details.

2. Providing this information to all individuals working in the building.

3. Providing this information to all campus community members who have requested notification of individual applications of pesticides.

4. Notify the campus community via all-campus email a minimum of 3 days prior to any planned (non-emergency) pesticide application. This form of notification is in addition to other required notifications.

Where pests pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors, WCC may authorize an emergency pesticide application and shall notify any campus community member who has requested such notification. Disinfectants, anti-microbials, and self-contained or gel-type pesticide baits applied in inaccessible areas are exempt from posting, notification.

Whatcom Community College will maintain records of all Service Provider visits and pest control treatments for at least three (3) years. Information regarding pest management activities will be made available at the Facilities and Operations administrative office in the Auxiliary Services Building. Requests to be notified of pesticide applications may also be made to this office. All campus community members will be informed of their option to request/receive annual notification of all pesticide applications done on campus.

WCC, Facilities and Operations staff will be provided with training on the college IPM policy annually. Training will include the rationale for the IPM policy and program and specific elements including use of the pest-sighting log and prohibition on pesticide applications by non-certified individuals.

Additionally, designated staff including the IPM Coordinator or designee and those who conduct regular inspections of YOUR FACILITY NAME HERE facilities will receive training on identifying pest infestations and pest-conducive conditions. This training will improve the ability of WCC staff to oversee service providers and staff compliance with the IPM plan.

Pest management strategies may include education, exclusion, sanitation, maintenance, biological and mechanical controls, and pre-approved, site-appropriate pesticides.

An Integrated Pest Management decision at WCC shall consist of the following steps:

1. Identify pest species.

2. Estimate pest populations and evaluate current and anticipated impacts.

3. Select the appropriate management tactics based on current on-site information.

4. Assess effectiveness of pest management.

5. Keep appropriate records.

Decisions concerning whether or not pesticides should be applied in a given situation will be based on a review of all available options. Efforts will be made to avoid the use of pesticides by adequate pest proofing of facilities, good sanitation practices, selection of pest-resistant plant materials, appropriate horticultural practices, and communication/education to facility occupants.

When it is determined that a pesticide must be used in order to meet pest management objectives, WCC will consult with a licensed commercial pesticide application company.

All pesticide storage, transportation, and application will be conducted in accordance with the requirement of the Federal, State, Local regulations including, Environmental Protection Agency regulations (40 CFR), Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, Washington Department of Agriculture regulations (RCW 17.21), WCC policies and procedures, and City of Bellingham ordinances.

No person shall apply, store, or dispose of any pesticide on the WCC Campus without the appropriate pesticide applicator license. All pesticide applicators will be trained in the principles and practices of IPM and the use of pesticides approved for use by the college. All applicators must comply with the IPM procedures and follow appropriate regulations and label precautions when using pesticides in or around WCC facilities.

Pest control service providers contracting with the college will be required to follow the procedures outlined in this IPM plan. Service providers will be directed to provide special attention to pest-vulnerable areas including food storage, preparation and serving areas; washrooms; custodial closets; mechanical rooms and entryways into the building.

Consultants involved with the design of new or renovated facilities will be asked to review plan for pest-conducive conditions, suggest pest proofing measures, and inspect projects where applicable during construction to prevent and avoid future pest problems.

Whatcom Community College administration will provide support to assist the IPM Coordinator in maintaining an IPM program that relies on minimal pesticide use. Such support will include efforts to promptly address any structural, horticultural, or sanitation changes recommended by the coordinator to reduce or prevent pest problems.

Furthermore, YOUR FACILITY NAME HERE administration will assist the Coordinator in developing and delivering materials and programs for staff, students, and the public to educate them about the importance of good sanitation and pest control.

The designated IPM Coordinator is responsible for ensuring staff compliance with the IPM plan, including the pest specific strategies outlined in the attached check list.

The following strategies will be used for frequently encountered pests:

IPM Strategies for Indoor Sites
Typical Pests:
Mice, rats, cockroaches, ants, flies, wasps, hornets, yellow
jackets, spiders, microorganisms, termites, carpenter ants, and
other wood-destroying insects. Although beneficial as
predators, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and spiders can be

Entryways - door-ways, overhead doors, windows, holes in exterior walls,
openings around pipes, electrical fixtures, or ducts.
• Keep doors shut when not in use.
• Place weather stripping on doors.
• Caulk and seal openings in walls.
• Install or repair screens.
• Install air curtains.
• Maintain vegetation, shrubs, and wood mulch to limit
direct contact with building structures.

Classrooms and Offices - classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, auditoriums, gymnasiums, and hallways.
• Allow food and beverages only in designated areas.
• If indoor plants are present, keep them healthy.
• When small insect infestations appear, remove them using vacuum
machines or some other manual means whenever possible.
• Keep areas as dry as possible by removing standing water
and water damaged or wet materials.
• In the science lab, store animal foods in tightly sealed containers and regularly clean cages.
• In all areas, remove dust and debris.
• Routinely clean lockers and desks.
• Frequently vacuum carpeted areas.

Food Preparation and Serving Areas – dining/seating areas, main kitchen, food preparation areas, snack areas, vending machines, and food storage
• Store food and waste in containers that are inaccessible to
pests. Containers must have tight lids and be made of plastic,
glass, or metal. Waste should be removed at the end of each
• Place screens on vents, windows, and floor drains to prevent
pests from using unscreened ducts or
vents as pathways.

• Create inhospitable living conditions for pests by reducing
availability of food and water--remove food debris, sweep up
all crumbs, fix dripping faucets and leaks, and dry out wet
• Improve cleaning practices, including promptly cleaning food
preparation equipment after use and removing grease
accumulation from vents, ovens, and stoves. Use caulk or
paint to seal cracks and crevices.
• Capture rodents by using mechanical or glue traps. (Note:
Place traps in areas inaccessible to children. Mechanical
Traps, including glueboards, used in rodent control must be
checked daily. Dispose of killed or trapped rodents within 24

Rooms and Areas with Extensive Plumbing - bathrooms, rooms with sinks, locker rooms, dishwasher rooms, and science laboratories.
• Promptly repair leaks and correct other plumbing problems to
deny pests access to water.
• Routinely clean floor drains, strainers, and grates. Seal pipe
• Keep areas dry. Avoid conditions that allow formation of
condensation. Areas that never dry out are conducive to
molds and fungi. Increasing ventilation may be necessary.
• Store paper products or cardboard boxes away from moist
areas and direct contact with the floor or the walls. This
practice also allows for ease in inspection.

Maintenance Areas - boiler room, mechanical room, janitorial-housekeeping areas,
and pipe chases.
• After use, promptly clean mops and mop buckets; dry mop
buckets and hang mops vertically on rack above floor drain.
• Allow eating only in designated areas.
• Clean trash cans regularly, use plastic liners in trash cans,
and use secure lids.
• Keep areas clean and as dry as possible, and remove debris.

IPM Strategies for Outdoor Sites
Typical Pests:
Mice and rats. Turf pests--broad-leaf and grassy weeds,
insects such as beetle grubs or sod webworms, diseases such
as brown patch, and vertebrates such as moles. Ornamental
plant pests/diseases, and insects such as thrips, aphids,
Japanese beetles, and tent caterpillars.

Playgrounds, Parking Lots, Athletic Fields, Loading Docks,
and Refuse Dumpsters
• Regularly clean trash containers and gutters and remove all
waste, especially food and paper debris.
• Secure lids on trash containers.
• Repair cracks in pavement and sidewalks.
• Provide adequate drainage away from the structure and on
the grounds to prevent puddling.

Turf - lawns, athletic fields, and landscaped areas.
• Maintain healthy turf by selecting a mixture of turf types
(certified seed, sod, or plugs) best adapted for the area.
• Raise mowing height for turf to enhance its competition with
weeds; adjust cutting height of mower, depending on the
grass type; sharpen mower blades; and vary mowing patterns
to help reduce soil compaction.
• Provide good drainage, and periodically inspect turf for
evidence of pests or diseases.
• Limit the use of herbicides whenever possible and only use for
weed control when hand weeding is otherwise impractical or ineffective.

Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:

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:

A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:

all new construction

A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:

limit watering of grass during the summer months, 5,000 gallon tank under asb for watering

A brief description of the institution's approach to materials management and waste minimization (e.g. composting and/or mulching on-site waste):

compost all landscape 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 (e.g. use of environmentally preferable landscaping materials, initiatives to reduce the impacts of ice and snow removal, wildfire prevention):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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