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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 Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison James Norman
Submission Date Nov. 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Virginia Theological Seminary
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter James Norman
Consultant
Dean's Staff
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total campus area (i.e. the total amount of land within the institutional boundary):
88 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 0 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) 72 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 72 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):

Building footprint and uncultivated land is approximately 16 acres.


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

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

VTS currently has no plant steward ship plans; most uncultivated areas of the property are overgrown with invasive species, Most planting consists of alien species and some invasive ornamentals. There are several plantings in the grove area that use native shrubs.


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

Aproximately 3.5 acres have underground irrigation allowing water to be aplied at ideal times. Another 9 acres are watered with hoses and sprinkles not providing ideal water. All water sources are from the city system.


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 kept and turned into compost and mulch.


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

VTS has not identified any energy efficient landscape design methods on campus. The campus and buildings are heavily treed for shade but no thought has been given to proper placement for energy savings.


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):

The seminary uses thing like chicken manure and compost for most of the fertilizer needs.


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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Thanks to Nathan N, the arborist and groundskeeper for these answers.

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.