Landscape Management

For details about this credit, including the criteria, reporting timeframe, applicability, scoring, and more, please review the full credit language.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can land be counted in both the IPM category and the organic care category?

No, in order to avoid double-counting, land managed under an IPM program that is also organic should be reported at the higher tier (organic).

What information is required to support the existence of an IPM plan?

In order to count, the descriptive response should reference the four components of an IPM plan:

  1. set action thresholds
  2. monitor and identify pests
  3. prevent or remove conditions that attract pests, and
  4. control.

For more information, see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s IPM Principles fact sheet linked below.

What information is required to support the existence of an Organic Program?

In order to count, the descriptive response must affirm that the area of land being claimed has eliminated the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides in favor of ecologically preferable materials.

Are there there other credits that ask for the same information?

Reviewers will check to see if the Total campus area (i.e., the total amount of land within the institutional boundary) is consistent with what is reported in Operational Characteristics (IC-2) for Total campus area. Valid discrepancies should be clarified in the Notes field of OP-9 (for instance, if a different performance year was used).

Note: The number reported for Total campus area in this credit does not affect scoring and can differ from the calculated figure for Total area of managed grounds (which determines scoring).

Templates & Tools

Example Responses

  • Antioch College – Good detail provided in descriptive responses and sustainable landscaping initiatives. 100% of grounds covered under organic care standard.
  • Seattle University – Good detail provided in descriptive responses. 94% of grounds are managed in accordance with an organic program.

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • Score outlier – Score above 1.5 indicates that a significant portion of grounds operate under organic care standards. Review responses to this section in particular to ensure criteria were followed correctly.
  • Data consistency: Total campus area should be consistent across IC 2, OP 9 if the same or similar Performance Year is used. Please note that scoring is based on “Total area of managed grounds” not “Total campus area”. Valid discrepancies should be clarified under the Notes field.
  • Responses under the table, “Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds” should avoid double-counting (e.g., same number entered for IPM, organic care). High data outliers should be clarified. Land managed under an IPM program that is also organic should be reported at the higher tier (organic).
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program – Response must reference the four components of an IPM plan.
  • Organic Program – Response must affirm that the space has eliminated the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides in favor of ecologically preferable materials.

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