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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 66.07
Liaison Colleen McCormick
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of California, Merced
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Mark Maxwell
Assistant Director of Construction & Sustainability
PPD&C
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Area
Total campus area 104 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 13.50 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 55.50 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Area
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 35 Acres
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 0 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:
The IPM plan :

The University IPM Plan includes the following components:

1) Prevention for animal and plant pests: limiting food, shelter and water sources, implementing proper plants, cultural practices.

2) Monitor: maintain a log which contains data of pest populations observed at specific campus locations. Pest identification - properly identify the target pest in order to provide best control methods.

3) Action Thresholds: set action thresholds to determine tolerable damage and best control methods.

4) Control/Management methods: utilize control methods which include; cultural, mechanical, physical, biological and chemical means. When chemical control methods are used, the least toxic material shall be chosen.


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:

The University utilizes both formal and naturalistic landscape designs on campus. Priority is given to the use of indigenous plant species and regional native plant species appropriate to the site, climatic and design conditions.


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

All waste from grounds keeping, including grass trimmings is collected by a third party and composted.


A brief description of the institution’s organic soils management practices:
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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 campus is committed to collecting 100% of its storm water on campus with two retention ponds eliminating storm water and irrigation run off from campus development and keeping the original water that would have absorbed into the pervious ares where buildings are now standing into retention ponds on the campus site that recharges local ground water to help retain the original hydrology.


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

The campus does not have snow and ice.


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.