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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 45.51
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Nov. 6, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Waterloo
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
1,125 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 479.38 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 0 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 479.38 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):

Waterloo has a significant percentage of its landholdings that are managed or maintained by other parties and are not under the direct control of the grounds team, who actively manages Waterloo’s grounds. These include Waterloo’s building footprint, parking lots, service areas, Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo, roadways, walkways, significant portions of Waterloo’s Northwest Campus, which are vacant, large portions of Waterloo’s Environmental Reserve, and privately owned buildings within the Research and Technology Park. In total, these are approximately 645 acres that are not directly managed by the institution or would not be part of the grounds management program.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
100

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
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A brief description of the IPM program:

Plant Operations Grounds division monitors pests and other invasive species or diseases (i.e. funguses) across University managed lands. It has eliminated all blanket application of chemical pesticides and herbicides since 1998. Where there are species that need to be controlled, such as buckthorn and periwinkle, which are invasive, targeted application of chemicals are applied. Weeds across campus grounds are treated using a hot water solution. While there is not a formal IPM program documented, all IPM principles are followed as standard practice and chemical pesticide and herbicide use has been largely eliminated. Plant Operations also plants native species with inherent resistance to pests in order to minimize need for application or risk of pest/infection.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
0

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

Plant Operations has established a native tree planting list since 1997, which continues to be used for all tree selections. Waterloo has a campus woodlot which is actively used as a living laboratory for invasive species management from ecology classes. Plant Operations also manages buckthorn and periwinkle in some locations, poison ivy in others. This is generally a monitoring approach and spray/remove as needed, but only in targeted areas.


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

The Laurel Creek winds through Waterloo’s North Campus and South Campus. This natural water source is overseen by the Grand River Conservation Authority. Waterloo has supported rehabilitation efforts by naturalizing the shoreline of the creek, which is also used as a living laboratory for water quality sampling and species identification in academic courses. Waterloo has three permeable pavement sites across campus to promote infiltration, and has eliminated most surface watering with the exception of annual flower planters.


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

Leaf, grass, and brush clippings are composted on-site using a large windrow. In addition, wood waste from damaged tree limbs, cut-down trees, or untreated wood from skids and pallets are sent through a wood chipper on site and utilized as mulch for campus gardens.


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

Waterloo’s grounds staff have received Smart About Salt certification, administered by Landscape Ontario. The goal of the certification is to help operators better understand ways to minimize salt use while maintaining safe conditions.


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