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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 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
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University of Missouri
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.11 / 2.00 Alicia LaVaute
Sr. Recycling & Waste Minimization Specialist
Sustainability Office
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Area
Total campus area 1,262 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 129 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 209 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Area
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 715 Acres
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 209 Acres
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:
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The IPM plan :

Landscape Services and Athletics uses an Integrated Pest Management program to maintain a healthy and beautiful campus with the least amount of impact on the environment. In conjunction with IPM practices, Landscape Services monitors pest populations by scouting and trapping and uses aa variety of methods to control damage. The goal of the Integrated Pest Management program is to preserve and protect the landscape in order to accomplish our mission, while minimizing personal and environmental impacts, and establish sustainable landscape management practices.


A brief summary of the institution’s approach to sustainable landscape management:

The University utilizes a comprehensive landscape management plan that incorporates within it the recycling of all landscape wastes, minimization of potable water irrigation systems, innovative storm water reclamation, the use of native or well adapted non-native plant species, and the goal of reducing maintenance inputs.


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 campus landscape includes 209 acres of undeveloped woodlands. The campus also includes restored acreage devoted to collaborative research with the COE and CAFNR in the area of stormwater reclamation and cleanup of waters within one of the campus watersheds. Invasive species are controlled on the 755 acres of maintained property. The University of Missouri is an active member of the Grow Native! Program, an effort of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, and uses native species whenever possible.


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

100% of the green waste generated on the campus is either composted in place within the campus landscape or is taken to an off-site composting area run by the city of Columbia. Green waste composted off-site is available to the citizens of Columbia free of charge.


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:

One of the key responsibilities as a nationally recognized botanic garden is public education. The Mizzou Botanic Garden provides this by emphasizing the use of native plants and signage that identifies native plantings. The landscape management plan has limited resources that are focused on specific areas of campus. Outlying areas receive minimal maintenance.


A brief description of how the institution restores and/or maintains the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus:

The campus has adopted a comprehensive Stormwater Master Plan that identifies current efforts and future opportunities to use best management practices that harvest this water resource and work to clean any storm water that finds its way into the storm sewer system.


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

The university has reduced its overall use of sodium chloride on pavements by utilizing magnesium chloride pellets for campus sidewalks. Although this is another form of chloride it is less likely to injure plant materials and minimizes the amount of sodium in the stormwater generated in snow fall.

The equipment that is used to treat sidewalks has been switched from rotary broadcasting types to ‘drop’ type spreaders that apply magnesium chloride pellets to only the center of the targeted sidewalk. This has reduced by 40% the amount of material applied.

The campus has not used coal cinders, a waste material from the campus power plant, in snow removal operations in more than 8 years.


A brief description of any certified and/or protected areas:

n/a


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:

Landscape Services - Campus Facilities

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.