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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 Gold
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Maria Kirrane
Submission Date July 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.13 / 2.00 Barrie Curley
Estates manager
B&E
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
182.93 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 7.73 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 111.72 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 119.45 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 footprint of buildings, which accounts for 52.12 hectares, has been excluded, Curraheen "new" farm not included as currently let to local farmer - 49.4 hectares.


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:
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
6.47

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:

Fertiliser, with weed suppressant is only used in the Quad and President's garden.
Fastgrow seaweed fertiliser and xlpro bio organic products are used on the rest of the campus grounds, if required.
No pesticides or fungicides are used on campus landscapes, except where invasive species need to be controlled or eliminated.
Mardyke sportsgrounds and Curraheen Road pitches are fertilised and sprayed yearly.


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

Last year, preference for native planting and increasing our native wildflower meadows. A significant tree management and conservation program is in place on campus. All tree are surveyed yearly and the details of each tree are available online.


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

Across the whole campus only one sprinkler is in use, on the main Quad. The sprinkler is on a timer and only used in summer. Natural irrigation everywhere else.


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

Some grass mulched into the grounds, rest is composted and all leaves mulched.


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

Capital Projects incorporate energy – efficient landscape design into all plans, examples include :Planting trees for the purpose of providing shade, which reduces cooling costs.
Planting or building windbreaks to slow winds near buildings, which reduces heat loss.
Wall sheltering, where shrubbery or vines are used to create a windbreak directly against a wall.


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):

All petrol tools replaced with batteries - e.g. strimmers and blowers. Tractor and trailer replaced with EV. Excess compost used in landscaping, native planting where appropriate.


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