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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.87
Liaison DeLayne Miller
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Tennessee Technological University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
-- 0.00 / 2.00 DeLayne Miller
Sustainability Manager
Facilities:Office of Sustainability
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
1,090 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 0 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) 530 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 530 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):

The land excluded from the area of managed grounds includes building footprints, impervious parking lots and walkways, athletic fields, etc.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
0

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:

Although not available for uploading, TTU does follow an IPM program.
Tennessee Tech began its IPM program in attempt to implement environmentally friendly methods for combating pests that negatively impact plant health on campus.
Goals include:
>Reduce pesticide exposure risk
>Reduce the cost of pesticide control
>Improve environment
>Improve plant protection


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0

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

Tree and shrub chippings are being processed to create mulch. Compost is processed from leaves, limbs, food waste and cardboard and used for landscape beds (incorporated) and used to plant new ground covers, shrubs and trees. Milorganite is mixed with the compost.


A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:

Over the past 3 years, 464 new trees have been planted, many of which have been for shade and wind breaks.


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):

Creation of bicycle racks from discarded hand rails placed upon permeable pads to reduce the impermeable footprint.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.