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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 Silver
Overall Score 56.83
Liaison Liz Davey
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tulane University
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
-- 0.00 / 2.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Area
Total campus area ---
Footprint of the institution's buildings ---
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas ---

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

A copy of the IPM plan:
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The IPM plan :
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A brief summary of the institution’s approach to sustainable landscape management:
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A brief description of how the institution protects and uses existing vegetation, uses native and ecologically appropriate plants, and controls and manages invasive species:

"It is the policy of the university to protect and to preserve mature trees, certain unique trees, tree species, and tree arrangements on campus." Tulane University ensures the growth, maintenance, and research of all native and non-native tree species on campus. In addition to native plants, the university has also houses many endangered tree species.


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

Almost all of the materials used on campus are locally produced and sold. Tulane has close connections with nurseries located close to campus, allowing landscapers to hand select all plants that go on campus. With New Orleans and the surrounding area having such a unique climate, materials from anywhere else wouldn't be suited to our needs, providing a consistent incentive to only use local goods.


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

Most soil is fertile alluvial river sediment with heavy clay and water deeper underground. Standard procedure is to avoid adding anything to the soil, "whatever comes out of the hole goes back into the hole". If anything is added, it would be local organic pine or river sand.


A brief description of the institution’s use of environmentally preferable materials in landscaping and grounds management:
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A brief description of how the institution restores and/or maintains the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus:

The main student walkway (McAlister) is designed to maximize infiltration and a rain garden, planted will all New Orleans native plants uses the rainwater from roofs to simulate the swamp area that this land would be naturally. As New Orleans and the surrounding area naturally are swamps, it is difficult to allow the hydrology of the area to remain natural while still keeping everyone’s feet dry.


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

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.