|Submission Date||Dec. 6, 2017|
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Resident Regional Director, Grounds
SSC Service Solutions
|Area (double-counting is not allowed)|
|Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses a four-tiered approach||200 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||10 Acres|
|Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques)||2,600 Acres|
|Total area of managed grounds||2,810 Acres|
Besides building foot print and infrastructure, a significant portion of the campus acreage is still dedicated to agriculture and engineering extension and research.
SSC Grounds Management maintains a holistic approach to IPM. In every situation, it is our first desire to identify the causal effect and mitigate it, instead of treating symptomatic conditions. Additionally, it is expected that our tasks will employ the least toxic, adversely impactful materials and techniques; we strive to also maintain a high degree of technical proficiency that will allow us to recognize and utilize newer technologies and methods as they are made known and available.
At Presidential Library, Rose Garden, Campus flower beds and new campus demonstration garden we follow the standard organic management practices.
Our approach to new and replacement plantings is multi-faceted.
Before any planting decisions are made we consider the other elements that contribute to both a sustainable and durable solution. Areas of consideration include: sun exposure (duration & time of day), proximity to heat and light reflective surfaces, soil conditions including: taxonomy, physiological, chemical; grade, precipitation and/ or supplemental irrigation issues, desired use, financial considerations, etc.
Those decisions affect the form and function of plant selection. Where prudent and warranted, the use of native / native adapted plants are promoted.
The SSC Grounds Management staff is comprised of formally educated and highly credentialed personnel who are able to identify invasive species of all forms- insects, weeds, misc. fungal, bacterial, and virus vectors. We continually stay abreast of current of new threats, causal agents, and possible mitigation activities.
The Texas A&M University Campus has a rich history of cutting edge landscape irrigation technology and management. In 1972, Texas A&M installed a campus-wide state of the art irrigation system. It was arguably the most technologically advanced system of any comparably sized campus in the country.
After 40 plus years of utilizing controllers with mechanical technology, SSC Grounds Management, Texas A&M University, Weathermatic, and a private philanthropic organization have cooperatively invested roughly 1million dollars to upgrade the irrigation system and restore to its former "State of the Art" condition. The project includes installation of state of the art cloud based irrigation controller assemblies replete with weather stations, flow control, and master valves. Our goal is to reduce irrigation water consumption by 100 million gallons annually.
SSC Grounds Department generates approximately 18,000 cubic yards of miscellaneous green waste annually. SSC Grounds Department diverts 100% of green waste to our campus composting operation for use on campus. These composted material include: composts, composted wood mulches, wood chips, compost sand blends for turf top dressing, etc.
TAMU is utilizing native adapted & water resourceful plant material, employing drip irrigation technology in planting beds in lieu of conventional spray irrigation, phasing in water efficient “Smart” irrigation controllers, and utilizing organic fertilizers when possible. Additionally, the university utilizes proper drainage design to mitigate nonpoint source pollution.
Our climate is not conducive to significant ice and snow events. In the case of a minor event, SSC Grounds utilizes Magnesium Chloride Ice melt as a spot treatment on affected pedestrian areas. This blend is significantly less corrosive and does not adversely affect the turf and or landscape plantings.
For key campus intersections and other vehicular thoroughfares, Sand is utilized for traction. At the conclusion of the event, SSC Grounds Utilizes a sweeper truck to remove the sand.
Information for this section was supplied by SSC Service Solutions, a third-party contractor for Texas A&M Grounds Maintenance.
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