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Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 42.59
Liaison Jeffrey Clark
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Lawrence University
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.65 / 2.00 Jeff Clark
Professor
Geology
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Area
Total campus area 84 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 11 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 10 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Area
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 25 Acres
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 10 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0.50 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:
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The IPM plan :

Although we do not have an official written policy, current practice by Facility Services is to manage insects and pests according to the tiered monitor/prevent/control structure of the IPM plan.


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

The grounds department at Lawrence University uses plants that don’t use a lot of water, attempts to transplant things around campus instead of buying more. They try to use the least amount of chemicals possible. Therefore, there are no chemicals between the tennis courts and the Warch Campus Center, which includes most of the campus.


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

No official policy, but Facility Services uses native plants regularly for landscaping because they require less water. In addition, student groups have organized volunteer events to plant native species and pull invasive species. Woodchucks are mentally relocated occasionally.


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

Facility Services uses only mulching lawnmowers, so grass clippings are immediately returned to the soil. All other organic waste from groundskeeping operations (branches, leaves, weeds, etc) are taken to an on-site compost pile.


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

by using mulching mowers and composting on campus we do not need to add exogenous fertilizers to turf or managed garden spaces.


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

In landscaping, the grounds crew at Lawrence University uses materials with less chemicals like soap and water, tobasco sauce. hot pepper spray, and liquid mint.


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

We have hired a landscape architect to oversee all landscaping on campus. All projects are reviewed by the City of Appleton.


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

We use brushes to remove much of the snow in lieu of excessive salt or chemical melt.


A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:
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Is the institution recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program (if applicable)?:
No

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management programs and practices is available:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.