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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 51.34
Liaison Kat Pohlman
Submission Date April 26, 2016
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University of North Carolina, Wilmington
OP-10: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.48 / 2.00 Kathryn Pohlman
Sustainability Coordinator
EH&S
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Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds::
Area
Total campus area 1,631.73 Acres
Footprint of the institution's buildings 42.10 Acres
Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas 56.82 Acres

Area of managed grounds that is::
Area
Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan 192.92 Acres
Managed in accordance with a sustainable landscape management program that includes an IPM plan and otherwise meets the criteria outlined 366.92 Acres
+ Date Revised: June 15, 2016
Managed organically, third party certified and/or protected 0 Acres

A copy of the IPM plan:
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The IPM plan :

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the UNCW Campus (outline)
At the University we have chosen to implement an IPM program of pest control. This will give us opportunity to insure the control methods are most environmental conscious in our applications. Commons sense approach to control, monitor and manage a wide range of pests is our goal.
The guidelines for our program will establish thresholds for the community, environment and property in and surrounding the University. We will understand the lifecycle and their relationships with the environment and use control methods that are not only economically sensible but with a high level of environmental concern as well. We will strive for an organic program throughout but will use pesticides for the safety of the campus and control of certain pest as needed.
We will utilize the four step method by using the following guideline:
Thresholds We then will decide with input from necessary individuals to set correct threshold for the pest. Some pest thresholds will be simple such as fire ants on campus. This would be an example where immediate control is needed due to potential harm they may bring to a person on the campus. While 3-4 aphids on a shrub may not require any treatment.
Scout and Monitor The program will require us to monitor pest on campus and changing level or numbers. Not all pest will require treatments. Proper identification and control options are researched.
Prevention Proper pruning, fertilizing and water management for plant material will give the plant the best possible way to fight against pest. Our strategy will be to grow the best plant to insure it can withstand pest infestations.
Control Once all methods are complete and we have a complete understanding of the pest and our options we can make the best control decision. We will always use the least toxic balanced with the best control products when choosing the control method for the pest. If needed we will utilize additional pest control measures to control persistent or returning pest with target control measure. No broadcast or total treatment of pest on campus will be done unless the IPM procedures lead to best case scenario.


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

- IPM plan
- water from irrigation comes from recovered rain water
- no invasive species
- protection of vulnerable species (venus flytrap)


A brief description of how the institution protects and uses existing vegetation, uses native and ecologically appropriate plants, and controls and manages invasive species:

Landscaping uses native plants as much as possible. A Wildflower preserve in the center of campus protects that area from ever being destroyed.


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

Landscaping minimizes waste by mulching much of the storm debris and other materials.


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:

Natural and organic products are used as often as possible. Plans to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides are a part of the Sustainability Action Plan.


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

Several rain gardens have been planted throughout the campus. A Stormwater Master Plan has been drafted to not only restore the integrity of many of our streams, but also mitigate pollution before it reaches the ocean.


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)?:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management programs and practices is available:
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