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Title: UF Sustainability In Land and Resource Management Implementation Plan
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Title: UF Sustainability In Land and Resource Management Implementation Plan
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Creator: Office of Sustainability, University of Florida
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UF Sustainability in Land and Resource Management Implementation Plan

Mode/ Sustainable Campus Make UF grounds a model of sustainable
design and management. Healthy and aesthetically pleasing environs
would ins ire community members to s end time outdoors. All students
would leave UF with an exposure to, if not understanding of, sustainable
landscaping and its effects on the ecosystem.

Resource Conservation Educate the campus community on how to decrease
consumption and reduce our environmental impact through resource

Stormwater Management Implement rainwater harvesting for water reuse
throughout campus. Design campus sites to keep all stormwater onsite,
minimizing negative effects on campus watersheds. Implement low impact
development techniques across campus for effective stormwater
management (both water quality and quantity). Reduce the impervious
surfaces on campus.

View Campus as an Ecosystem Use the landscape as a teaching tool to
study the intersection of human and natural systems as part of a healthy
ecosystem. Outdoor areas would be designed to be energizing and
therapeutic to the university community, as well as restorative to the

Water Conservation The campus community would treat water as a
valuable resource even if it is not priced that way. Buildings would be
individually metered and departments would be held accountable to
conservation standards. Incentive and rewards programs would encourage
water conservation toward a target indoor per capital indoor water use

Water Standards for Specific Uses Create standards for water use, along
with criteria for water quality, that include prescribed actions for use and
discharge, mitigation strategies, and concomitant policies. All departments,
direct support organizations and off-campus facilities would adopt and
comply with water standards and policies that are set by the university.

In framing the vision for sustainability in Land and Resource Management,
participants envisioned the University of Florida adopting collaborative and
responsive processes for land and water management. Both technological
improvements and behavior change would play significant roles in
sustainable resource management. In this vision, decision makers would
adhere to the Campus Master Plan and take a proactive approach to sound
management principles rather than coping with problems after
implementation. Adaptive management would allow for continuous
improvement and the ongoing development of best practices.

To inspire behavior change in the campus community, UF would endeavor to
monitor and assess our land and resource use and to educate the campus
community about the effects of our collective practices. Effective feedback
and reporting would allow us to hold entities accountable through incentives
and/or penalties.

Desired OutcomeS
Adaptive Management Develop an adaptive management loop between the
Campus Master Plan implementation, the Physical Plant
Department/Grounds, and researchers to develop and carry out best

Comprehensive Landscape Design and Maintenance Develop a proactive
plan that emphasizes good landscape design and outlines maintenance

Integrated Pest Management Establish a transparent IPM plan with
metrics to evaluate performance. Effectively reduce the possibility of pest-
transmitted disease outbreak and property damage while minimizing
negative impacts on the campus community and environment.

Lake Alice and Campus Creeks Classify Lake Alice watershed as a livin?
laboratory, functioning as a trial watershed for best practices. No impervious
surface drainage would lead directly to Lake Alice. In conjunction, the flow of
campus creeks would be naturalized to help restore the watershed.

UF Sustainability in Land and Resource Management Implementation Plan

Outcome Action People
Adaptive Management 1. Review campus service learning projects, evaluate successes Facilities, Planning & Construction
and failures, and develop best practices for selecting Physical Plant Division
appropriate projects for stakeholder groups. Office of Sustainability
*Academic Departments

Adaptive Management 2. Evaluate how institutional knowledge is maintained and Facilities, Planning & Construction
utilized: Office of Sustainability
Evaluate, formalize, and monitor performance Housing
targets/benchmarks IFAS Facilities Operations
Evaluate Campus Master Plan implementation at Lakes, Vegetation, and Landscaping Committee
intervals less than five years Physical Plant Division
Evaluate funding mechanisms for goals outlined in the Shands
Campus Master Plan

Adaptive Management 3. Evaluate water quality performance standards of all campus Physical Plant Division
Lake Alice and Campus water bodies and re-evaluate thresholds as needed Clean Water Campaign
*Environmental Health and Safety
*Facilities, Planning & Construction (Master Plan)
Water Standards for Specific Lakes, Vegetation, and Landscaping Committee

Comprehensive Landscape 4. Explore how USGBC LEED can be incorporated into UF Design Facilities, Planning & Construction
Design and Maintenance & Construction Standards, campus design guidelines and Environmental Health and Safety
Integrated Pest other processes to achieve sustainable landscape design, Housing
Management operational, and educational goals IFAS Facilities Operations
Physical Plant Division Grounds

Action Plan
The table on the following pages lists the initial actions that can be taken over the next three years to
move toward the vision for sustainability in Land and Resource Management at UF. The intention of
creating this list of actions is to provide a platform for working groups as they begin to implement the
vision. This list can be modified over time, and is meant to be a "living document." Progress toward these
actions will be evaluated annually and an updated action plan will be developed in the spring of 2012.

UF Sustainability in Land and Resource Management Implementation Plan

Outcome Action People
Comprehensive Landscape 5. Improve and nurture involvement of faculty and students Lakes, Vegetation, and Landscaping Committee
Design and Maintenance with relevant specializations in Lakes, Vegetation, and Academic Departments
Landscaping Committee and its subcommittees Faculty Senate
*Student Government

Comprehensive Landscape 6. Continue programs to remove invasive exotic plants and Physical Plant Division Grounds
Design and Maintenance replant with natives in Conservation Areas. Facilities, Planning & Construction
View Campus as an Evaluate areas on campus beyond the Conservation Areas IFAS Facilities Operations
Ecosystem for potential to replace existing non-native landscapes Lakes, Vegetation, and Landscaping Committee
with a cohesive native ecosystem (e.g., longleaf pine) Housing

Comprehensive Landscape 7. Incorporate plant selection and management into campus Facilities, Planning & Construction (Master Plan)
Design and Maintenance design guidelines that supplement the existing UF Design and Academic Departments
View Campus as an Construction Standards and implement policies of the Lakes, Vegetation, and Landscaping Committee
Ecosystem Campus Master Plan Physical Plant Division Grounds
Address appropriate use of functional edible landscapes
[available for people to pick) using common Florida
Define what constitutes "good landscape design" for

Integrated Pest 8. Develop a proactive integrated pest management plan to Physical Plant Division
Management direct pest/disease efforts toward causes, rather than Biological Sciences
symptoms and to augment existing protocols to extend Environmental Health and Safety
beyond common pests (e.g., ants and termites) to more Housing
complex emerging problems (e.g., loss of bay trees and Sabal *IA
*Lakes, Vegetation, and Landscaping Committee
palms to invasive insects)
University Athletic Association

UF Sustainability in Land and Resource Management Implementation Plan

Outcome Action People
Lake Alice and Campus 9. Continue and expand implementation of low-impact Physical Plant Division
Creeks development (LID) projects including increased use of Environmental Engineering Sciences
Stormwater Management permeable pavements in new and retrofitted construction. Facilities, Planning &r Construction
IFAS Facilities Operations
Soil and Water Science Department

Lake Alice and Campus 10. Consider the potential to utilize financing from new building Business Affairs
Creeks construction projects to fund critical LID retrofits within the Facilities, Planning & Construction
Stormwater Management projects' respective stormwater basins Physical Plant Division
IFAS Facilites Operations

Lake Alice and Campus 11. Develop educational opportunities including curriculum, Sustainability Committee
Creeks using campus as a living laboratory. Academic Departments
Model Sustainable Campus Create educational opportunities for landscapes installed Facilities, Planning & Construction
through campus construction projects Housing
View Campus as an 1 FSFcltisOeain
*Encourage interdisciplinary student charrettes and *IA aiiisOeain
Ecosystem stdopoet o aps einadcntuto Lakes, Vegetation, and Landscaping Committee
projects Natural Area Teaching Laboratory Advisory
*Target education and research programs in Committee
Conservation Areas on campus with the potential to Office of Sustainability
serve as living laboratories. Physical Plant Division Grounds
Office of Sustainability

Model Sustainable Campus 12. Explore opportunities and funding for increased or improved Facilities, Planning & Construction
outdoor campus seating and classroom space Housing
IFAS Facilities Operations
Lakes, Vegetation, and Landscaping Committee
Physical Plant Division Grounds
Student Government

UF Sustainability in Land and Resource Management Implementation Plan

Outcome Action People
Model Sustainable Campus 13. Survey students to determine how they relate to campus as a Student Affairs
component of sustainability literacy, and incorporate into: Department of Landscape Architecture
SERU (Student Experience at a Research University) Office of Sustainability
Sustainability Literacy Survey Office of Institutional Research and Planning

Model Sustainable Campus 14. Install Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM*) signage Office of Sustainability
or prompts in appropriate campus locations to promote open Facilities, Planning & Construction
spaces and natural areas Housing
Continue to engage people with visual examples via the IFAS Facilities Operations
online campus map College of Design, Construction, and Planning
Use highly conspicuous mediums to increase advertising Lakes, Vegetation, and Landscaping Committee
scope, leading individuals to CBSM* outreach Physical Plant Division

Resource Conservation 15. Educate departments and units about their resource use and Office of Sustainability
explore programs to encourage conservation and Facilities, Planning & Construction
accountability Physical Plant Division
Deans, Directors, and Department Chairs

Resource Conservation 16. Improve financing, marketing, and diffusion of water fountain Office of Sustainability
Water Standards for Specific filtration system upgrades via the Green Team Network Physical Plant Division

View Campus as an 17. Develop campus outdoor photography and mixed media College of Fine Arts
Ecosystem contest to portray the beauty of native landscapes IFAS Photography
Office of Sustainability

Water Conservation 18. Require water metering on all new buildings and use data to Facilities, Planning & Construction
compile new standards for water conservation according to Housing
building classifications IFAS Facilities Operations
Physical Plant Division

Water Conservation 19. Evaluate the cost to install water meters on existing buildings Physical Plant Division
(may be performed on building classification basis] Facilities, Planning & Construction

UF Sustainability in Land and Resource Management Implementation Plan

Outcome Action People
IFAS Facilities Operations

*CBSM = Community-Based Social Marketing. Pragmatic tools designed to foster change, emphasizing direct contact with individuals in impactful ways, rather than
mass advertising or awareness campaigns.

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