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LEED v2009
Existing Building Operations
Sustainable Sites
Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management

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EBOM-2009 SSc3: Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management Plan 1 point

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Intent

To preserve ecological integrity, enhance natural diversity and protect wildlife while supporting high-performance building operations and integration into the surrounding landscape.

Requirements

Have an environmentally sensitive management plan in place for the site’s natural components. The plan must employ best management practices that significantly reduce harmful chemical use, energy waste, water waste, air pollution, solid waste and/or chemical runoff (e.g., gasoline, oil, antifreeze, salts) compared with standard practices. The plan must address all of the following operational elements:

  • Outdoor integrated pest management (IPM), defined as managing outdoor pests (plants, fungi, insects, and/or animals) in a way that protects human health and the surrounding environment and that improves economic returns through the most effective, least-risk option. IPM calls for the use of least toxic chemical pesticides, minimum use of the chemicals, use only in targeted locations, and use only for targeted species. IPM requires routine inspection and monitoring. The outdoor IPM plan must address all the specific IPM requirements listed in IEQ Credit 3.6: Green Cleaning: Indoor Integrated Pest Management, including preferred use of nonchemical methods, definition of emergency conditions and universal notification (advance notice of not less than 72 hours under normal conditions and 24 hours in emergencies before a pesticide, other than a least-toxic pesticide, is applied in a building or on surrounding grounds that the building management maintains). The outdoor IPM plan must also be integrated with any indoor IPM plan for the building, as appropriate.
  • Erosion and sedimentation control for ongoing landscape operations (where applicable) and future construction activity. The plan must address both site soil and potential construction materials. The plan must also include measures that prevent erosion and sedimentation, prevent air pollution from dust or particulate matter and restore eroded areas.

Further, the plan must address the following operational elements, if applicable:

  • Diversion of landscape waste from the waste stream via mulching, composting or other low-impact means.
  • Chemical fertilizer use. The use of artificial chemicals can be minimized by the use of locally adapted plants that need no fertilizer, less-polluting alternatives to artificial chemicals, or other low-impact maintenance practices.
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Are any of the components of the SSc3 plan optional? What if no landscaping areas or planter boxes are in the LEED project boundary? What if I have a zero lot line property?

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A pest control product we used is not on the San Francisco Pesticide Hazard Screening List, but I’m pretty certain that it qualifies as least toxic. What steps can I take to confirm this and document it for the LEED submittal?

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Our project grounds are fully landscaped with established vegetation. What should I do for the erosion and sedimentation control plan?

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Intent

To preserve ecological integrity, enhance natural diversity and protect wildlife while supporting high-performance building operations and integration into the surrounding landscape.

Requirements

Have an environmentally sensitive management plan in place for the site’s natural components. The plan must employ best management practices that significantly reduce harmful chemical use, energy waste, water waste, air pollution, solid waste and/or chemical runoff (e.g., gasoline, oil, antifreeze, salts) compared with standard practices. The plan must address all of the following operational elements:

  • Outdoor integrated pest management (IPM), defined as managing outdoor pests (plants, fungi, insects, and/or animals) in a way that protects human health and the surrounding environment and that improves economic returns through the most effective, least-risk option. IPM calls for the use of least toxic chemical pesticides, minimum use of the chemicals, use only in targeted locations, and use only for targeted species. IPM requires routine inspection and monitoring. The outdoor IPM plan must address all the specific IPM requirements listed in IEQ Credit 3.6: Green Cleaning: Indoor Integrated Pest Management, including preferred use of nonchemical methods, definition of emergency conditions and universal notification (advance notice of not less than 72 hours under normal conditions and 24 hours in emergencies before a pesticide, other than a least-toxic pesticide, is applied in a building or on surrounding grounds that the building management maintains). The outdoor IPM plan must also be integrated with any indoor IPM plan for the building, as appropriate.
  • Erosion and sedimentation control for ongoing landscape operations (where applicable) and future construction activity. The plan must address both site soil and potential construction materials. The plan must also include measures that prevent erosion and sedimentation, prevent air pollution from dust or particulate matter and restore eroded areas.

Further, the plan must address the following operational elements, if applicable:

  • Diversion of landscape waste from the waste stream via mulching, composting or other low-impact means.
  • Chemical fertilizer use. The use of artificial chemicals can be minimized by the use of locally adapted plants that need no fertilizer, less-polluting alternatives to artificial chemicals, or other low-impact maintenance practices.

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Are any of the components of the SSc3 plan optional? What if no landscaping areas or planter boxes are in the LEED project boundary? What if I have a zero lot line property?

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A pest control product we used is not on the San Francisco Pesticide Hazard Screening List, but I’m pretty certain that it qualifies as least toxic. What steps can I take to confirm this and document it for the LEED submittal?

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Our project grounds are fully landscaped with established vegetation. What should I do for the erosion and sedimentation control plan?

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There are no construction or renovation projects planned for our project building. Can I skip the erosion and sedimentation control plan for construction activities?

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How do I document my project’s landscape waste diversion performance? We don’t divert 100% from landfills, but we do meet the 20% diversion threshold required by the credit.

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LEEDuser expert

Trista Little

LEED AP O+M, BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador

WSP USA
Sustainability Manager

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