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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 52.49
Liaison Alexi Lamm
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Utah State University
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.06 / 2.00 Shane Richards
Manager
Facilities Landscape Operations
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Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
470 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 440 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 30 Acres
Area managed using conventional landscape management practices (which may include some IPM principles or techniques) 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 470 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):
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Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
93.62

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

The IPM Plan outlines the procedures to be followed to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors from pests and pesticide hazards while maintaining tolerable pest pressure within USU buildings.

USU IPM Policy Objectives:
• Elimination of significant threats caused by pests to the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the public.
• Prevention of loss or damage to structures or property by pests.
• Protection of environmental quality outside buildings.
• Improve indoor air quality and health by minimizing pesticide use indoors
• Outline a plan of action for response to pest sightings and complaints
• Develop and pest monitoring and control program ensuring the safety and health of students, faculty, staff, and the public
• Prevent loss or damage to structures or property by pests
• Ensure the sustainability of the facilities IPM Program
• Establish standards for safe pesticide storage and record keeping
• Outline pest tolerance thresholds

USU’s IPM Plan also incorporates voluntary compliance with the regulations promulgated by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food for pesticide use and licensing of pesticide applicators.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an organic program:
6.38

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:

Due to some people that are sensitive to chemicals we have about 30 acres of the 470 that are maintained with only organic compounds.
• We use an iron product called “Fiesta” to kill weeds.
• Neem’s oil is used to take care of insects and fungi.
• We top dress with bio-mulch (composted leaves, and animal waste) and/or use humus products to fertilize turf.


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

The university uses native plants where appropriate for design and use. Native plants are strongly encouraged as well as many species of water-wise plants that are not native. Landscape operations and maintenance also focuses on grouping plantings based upon water needs to minimize water applied. USU is the home of 13 state champion trees and 28 legacy trees.


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

Most green-waste is collected and composted for use on campus. Woody branches from pruning are chipped and used for mulch on landscapes or composted with green waste for food waste.


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):

In spring 2012, USU added a sugar beet byproduct solution to the snow melt rock salt in amounts up to 50-60%.


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 acreage only includes cultivated grounds.

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.