|Submission Date||July 24, 2015|
|Total campus area||731.50 Acres|
|Footprint of the institution's buildings||80 Acres|
|Area of undeveloped land, excluding any protected areas||578 Acres|
|Managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan||5 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|
The exterior Intergrated Pest Management is used at the Walter L. Rice Education Building located on the Inger and Walter Rice Center for Enviornmental Life Sciecne Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. (The Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus are not included in the program. Use of the plan is limited to the Walter L Rice Education Building and the surrounding landscape area with the designated LEED boundary. The objective of the plan is to minimize the impact of the site management practices on the local ecosystem.
The Superintendent of Grounds for VCU works with our Planning and Desgin staff to review sustainable options for landscapes for new construction and renovations projects.
VCU chooses plants whose cultural requirements are matched to site conditions. This includes native plants when possible. VCU avoids planting non-native invasive species. VCU strives to increase biodiversity. Many factors influence plant selection including aesthetics, maintenance requirements, space availablity, susceptibility to disease, etc.
VCU has composted leaves and woody debris. VCU does not compost grass clippings because lawn mowers mulch the clippings. The grounds crew picks up the composting materials and transports them back to a central drop-off location. The composting materials are then picked up by ACE Recycling and transported back to their facility in Chester, Virginia. Note: This practice was in place until ACE Recycling went out of business 12/01/2014.
We currently do not practice organic soil management.
None at this time.
VCU has rain gardens at the Grace E Harris Hall and the Trani Life Science Center that support the integrity of the natural hydrology of the campus.
The VCU Rice Center uses environmentally friendly options for snow and ice removal. The VCU Grounds Department attempts to minimize the amount of chemicals applied on the Monroe Park and Medical Campuses based on the weather forecasts while also ensuring the safety of the faculty, staff and students.
Paul Thrift the VCU Grounds Superintendent provide the information for this credit.
Undeveloped land includes the VCU Rice Center 493 acres and Ashland Research Farm 30 acres
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