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Green Practices Committee: Chemical Awareness and Sustainability: Organic Standard Campuses

AASHE Stars Organic Standards


NOTE: Carnegie Mellon University (Gold)
AASHE Rated 0% for grounds managed in accordance with an organic program


AASHE "100%" Organic Standard Institutions


Antioch College OH (Silver)
92-acre main campus (intensively managed)

  • no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides
  • "Pest" control applied using IPM monitor and manage approaches and if used use of organic and biocontrol compounds

California College of Arts CA (Reporter)
Urban campus

  • non-toxic methods of pest control
  • use only native and drought tolerant plant and tree species
  • maintain 3 organic gardens which are integrated into the curriculum
  • integrate green space into all campus planning initiatives and new development
  • compost all plant debris.
  • partner with local landscape architects to develop landscaping plans
  • facilities and landscaping company are knowledgeable about management of native plants
  • comply with municipal storm water requirements
  • maintain storm water management systems
  • implement rainwater catchments, bioswales, raised beds, sidewalk green, xeriscaped gardens, irrigation controls
  • compost 100% of plant debris partnering with landscaper, waste management company and CCA community

Cascadia College, WA (Bronze)

  • Team with UW Bothell to care for landscape
  • Pesticide and synthetic fertlizer free since 2006
  • organic land care on all campus grounds including restored wetlands
  • IPM plus healthy soil and biotic community building so that plants thrive
  • skilled grounds team to implement organic care practices
  • almost exclusively native planting, pollinator friendly and food producing plants needing minimal "pest" protection and watering
  • compost all landscaping waste on site
  • use completely composted materials in our campus garden beds, Food Forest, and other landscaped areas.
  • use Maritime Northwest Citizen Science Monitoring protocols to monitor the presence of bees on campus.
  • identify environmentally sensitive areas as part of the EIS for our Campus Master Plan.
  •  protects a 58 acre restored floodplain wetland along North Creek which feeds into the Sammamish River

Chatham University, PA

  • Ban inorganic pesticides on all campus grounds since 2000
  • No preemptive applications of pesticides 
  • Pesticides prohibited for Eden Hall campus (top of watershed)
  • Prioritize native species iappropriate to region. A partial list of current native species includes: Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed), Tussilago farfara (colts foot), Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root), Veronica spicata, Andropogon, gentian, Kalmia latifolia, Magnolia virginiana, Ilex verticillata, Solidago sp. (goldenrod), Echinacea, etc.
  • Landscape composting since 2000
  • 100% yard waste composted on-site
  • snow melt: Landscaper's Choice (calcium, magnesium, and acetate)
  • rainwater harvesting system from run-off from buildings with buffers, bioswales, and rain gardens (Eden Hall)
  • Shadyside arboretum
  • dedicated to preserving existing forest in the Breakneck Creek Watershed through water management, carbon sequestration, and wildlife habitat.
  • Eden Hall Masterplan; certificate of Organic Operation from Pennsylvania Certified Organic (USDA Certified Organic);
  • longterm slow-managed process of restoration for Glade Run Forest
  • contracted with Andropogon Associates, Inc. to conduct an in-depth ecological analysis and study of biodiversity and land health for the Eden Hall Campus; publishedin  Eden Hall Campus Master Plan in2011.

Clarkson University (Gold) 98.47
Striving for organic land standard

  • IPM
  • Natural methods as first line of control; targeted "pest" management
  • Native plantings for trees; not all plants and shrubs native; no new non-native plantings
  • Natural preventative measures first (e.g deer resistant plants)
  • Chemicals on athletic fields and central campus lawn and moving toward organic stewardship
  • Experienced arboriculture groundskeeper
  • Significantly more pervious and imprevious surfaces
  • aquifer replenishment by allowing water to filter slowly into the groundwater
  • open channel storm drainage and vegetated swales for storm water conveyance instead of pipes
  • salt brine to lessen the amount of salt (this also helps to keep off rodents).
  • Use SNO-PLOW WITH LIQUI-FIRE instead of salt. It is reported as non toxic to humans, pets, or vegetation if used in proper quantities.
  • Most  snow is simply blown into the yards rather than trucked away.
  • Organic landscape wastes composted or chipped reused in landscaping; no dyed mulch is used.
  • Fertilizer used from on-campus anaerobic digester from on-campus food waste.
  • Build close to existing infrastructure to minimize the need for tertiary development: minimize utility runs; minimize energy use by using solar gain or shading to the maximum extent possible.
  • utilize natural ventilation techniques.
  • maximize views and spaces for peaceful contemplation by capitalizing on the surrounding natural
    beauty. http://www.clarkson.edu/facilities/Engineering/environmentalstandards.pdf
  • *Sustainable SITES is referenced in design standards: "The Design Team shall utilize passive design strategies to create resource efficient buildings and to address important issues such as site impact, connectivity, water quality, and habitat protection.
  • considers surrounding rivers, watersheds, wetlands and natural corridors, vernal pools, flora, fauna
    http://www.a2acollaborative.org/
  • encourages a park concept and retention of natural species and habitat
  • conduct surveys with researchers and students e.g.interdisciplinary class was created with a Sustainability Fund Grant for assessment and documentation

College of the Atlantic, ME (Gold)

  • recognizes the problem of the concept of "pest'
  • completely ocean-front organic campus
  • culture of sustainability
  • no inorganic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, fungicides or herbicides for grounds
  • compost kitchen and waste from grounds management (grass clippings, weeds, leaves, etc.) as fertilizer
  • moving toward native species/plantings to increase pollinators
  • historic gardens restored by students, staff, and faculty
  • ignore presence of most "pests" hornets or wasps isolated and the nest will be left alone so it can freeze in the winter.
  • species diversity of native species, non-invasive or low maintenance species
  • systematic manual removal of invasive species
  • bioswale areas to control run-off
  • parking areas sand and gravel for natural infiltration
  • landscape material is produced and reused on site as much as possible
  • plants thinned or divided,  donated to faculty, staff, and students for their home gardens
  • extensive lawn and tree cover for no "heat island" effect
  • no paved areas in the interior of campus around buildings; shoveled by hand; plowed driveways; snowblower for pedestrian paths
  • snow piled and pushed on site
  • extremely icy conditions use the most environmentally friendly salt mixture that we know of, Dynameltx
  • owns properties of protected and organically managed forest, wetlands, farmland, for field research or primitive recreation, biodversity inventories, prevention of soil erosion including student activity. (310+ acres total)

Florida State University (Gold)
https://www.facilities.fsu.edu/depts/planningMan/masterPlan2.php

  • organic practices
  • eliminate the use of inorganic fertilizers and methods in favor of ecologically preferable materials
  • only measures utilized in pest prevention are taken are to control cycad scale on sago palms by the use of coffee grounds and horticultural oils; other insects with physical removal, good sanitation,insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils and bio-rational products.
  • little or no chemical spraying; in rare instances Zylam for severe infestations
  • native plant species and drought tolerant plants
  • works with landscape architects considering their aesthetic qualities, suitability to light exposure, soil conditions, ultimate height, educational merit, etc.).
  • during construction salvage and move trees to other spots on campus for replanting.
  • maintains certain outlying properties in their natural state, to be used for educational purposes.
  • irrigation systems utilize potable water with one exception
  • grounds is systematically converting irrigation control systems to utilize smart controllers
  • collects yard debris, limbs, and cut trees from campus to the FSU nursery for ground mulch on campus.
  • cut grass clippings are reused on site during mowing.
  • provide microclimates: appropriate tree placement to increase shade, shrub placement, exposure, amount of shade, existing plant material, irrigation, utitlity locations
  • utilizes numerous environmentally preferable materials, :including beneficial microbes as a natural soil amendment to help in the decomposition process
  • removal of weed barrier fabric allows for natural decomposition and contributes to the organic components of the surrounding soil
  • natural leaf litter is left on site to decompose
  • spot fertilized rarely (a few times a year), with a 15-0-15 fertilizer to reduce phosphorus runoff.
  • wildlife census for endangered, vulnerable species and environmentally sensitive areas in masterplan or State Lands Management plan for outlying areas.
  • Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), housed within the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center at FSU, disseminates guides to identify and track Florida’s rarest species. FNAI maintains a database of all conservation lands and vulnerable species to which FSU contributes and utilizes as a best practices resource. http://fnai.org/index.cfm