From: Administrative E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Mon May 16 2011 - 18:46:10 MDT
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 18:46:10 -0600 (MDT) From: Administrative E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: CU-Boulder commits to moving towards herbicide free turf
TO: Boulder Campus Teaching & Research Faculty, Staff,
Deans, Directors, Dept Chairs, System Administration
FROM: University of Colorado Boulder
SENDER: Frank Bruno, Vice Chancellor for Administration
Deb Coffin, Dean of Students
DATE: May 17, 2011
SUBJECT: CU-Boulder commits to moving towards herbicide free turf
Almost a year ago, student leaders began discussions with university staff on
the possibility of eliminating the use of synthetic herbicides in all
University of Colorado Boulder turf areas. Frank Bruno, vice chancellor for
administration, and Deb Coffin, dean of students, charged a Turf Task Force to
study the overall impacts and the most effective process to achieve this goal.
After months of in depth study, the task force identified a three-tiered
approach for phasing out synthetic herbicides in favor of more natural
nutrients, such as compost tea, for campus turf.
The approach includes:
- The first phase would reduce the use of herbicides on turf areas by 45
percent in 2011 over the quantities used for the 2009 growing season.
- The second phase would reduce the use of synthetic herbicides on turf areas
by 93 percent in 2012 over 2009 numbers. By the end of 2012, all turf areas
will no longer receive synthetic herbicide applications; except for those areas
identified as extremely difficult to manage. (approximately 7% of the total
- The final phase includes eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides-which
also includes herbicides for turf-in all landscaped beds. After the 2016
growing season, no synthetic pesticides will be used for landscape operations.
CU-Boulder implemented a pesticide use and integrated pest management policy in
May 2002. This is another step in this policy and process. Implementing these
goals is a learning process for the university and other factors must be taken
into consideration. It is important to maintain the turf areas to a certain
standard; the level of success is dependent on funding availability, Mother
Nature and other unforeseen factors.
Representatives from CUSG, Facilities Management, the Office of Sustainability,
the Environmental Center, Housing and Dining Services and the administration
worked diligently to create attainable and measureable goals.
The campus is just beginning in this process, and we plan on closely monitoring
the progress and continuously updating the campus. Please keep an eye out for
further communications about how we are doing and what is to come.
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