Interiors and Grounds Sustainability
- Integrated Pest Management: UM-Dearborn Grounds staff is certified in the use of all appropriate and economical strategies to manage pests and their damage to acceptable levels with the least disruption to the environment.
The techniques and products chosen comply with all applicable laws and regulations and have been determined to be both highly effective and non-invasive to the campus environment. In addition, the products and application techniques chosen are compatible with treatment strategies currently in use in non-hospital animal laboratories and research facilities. This compatibility will ensure the highest level of pest management possible in sensitive environments while avoiding pest migration from one area to another (product induced repellency) as can occur when utilizing more traditional treatment techniques.
The products chosen for application in all hospital facilities have proven safety records for use in such areas. Label directions will be strictly followed. In the event aerosols are to be used, only those listed will be considered. Aerosols containing non-CFC propellants will be considered as they become available. New products or those for special projects should not be used until thoroughly investigated for effectiveness and safety in highly sensitive environments.
- Cultural methods such as scouting, pruning, fertilizing, irrigating, and sanitation are practiced to reduce the use of harmful chemicals.
- Increased turf mowing height of 3.5” suppresses competing weeds and reduces the need for herbicide by 50%. Taller turf also reduces the need for irrigation water by cooling the root crowns.
- Recycling the lawn clippings and leaves with mulching mowers reduces needed fertilization applications by naturally adding 8 % nitrogen to the turf.
- Plant material is chosen by considering its disease resistance, maintenance requirements, and environmental requirements. A rain garden was constructed to utilize storm water runoff in the landscape instead of it flowing down a storm drain.
- Planting beds are mulched to reduce herbicide applications, reduce irrigation, and reduce soil erosion.
- Salt usage is minimized by using metered application equipment. New deicing methods are constantly being evaluated.
- Problematic migratory geese are naturally and humanely controlled in pedestrian areas with the use of herding dogs.
- Catch basins are treated with a natural larvicide (BT) to control the mosquito larva associated with West Nile disease.
- Comply with Storm Water Management regulations by minimizing soil erosion runoff into water tributaries. Disturbed campus soils are stabilized with silt fence and erosion control blankets to restrict the movement of soil off site.
- Yard waste is composted when possible.
- Biodiesel is used in UM-Dearborn lawn equipment and vehicles.
- Campus recycles vehicle motor oil, tires, and batteries.
- Chemicals used to service vehicles containing Trichloroethylene have been reduced or eliminated.
- Biodegradable degreasers are used when available.
- Campus irrigation systems are being prepped for a Maxicom water saving system. The system can potentially save 30% of the water used for irrigation on campus.
- Hard surface tennis courts were removed and replaced with turf