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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.16
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

California State University, San Marcos
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Sustainability Manager
Safety, Risk and Sustainability
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Does the institution own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance?:
No

A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:

The wetland is deed restricted as a biodiversity protected area, as defined by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. We also have several acres on the east side of the campus adjacent to the housing development on La Moree Road that is deed restricted land designated for gnatcatcher habitat.


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas (including most recent year assessed) and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

During the initial steps of constructing a new building, California requires an Environmental Impact Report through the California Environmental Quality Act. Through that process, it was determined that we had a natural wetland area and that we had an endangered species- the California gnatcather that liked to nest on our land. Because of these findings, it was determined that California Fish and Wildlife would allow for a constructed wetland to be built adjacent to our housing buildings.


A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

California gnatcatcher is on the Endangered Species List. The gnatcatcher is a blue-gray songbird that lives in coastal sage scrub from Santa Barbara to the Baja peninsula- CSUSM is located in the middle of that land, in San Diego county.


A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

The wetland on campus and campus-owned undeveloped land to the east/ adjacent to campus is deed restricted land designated for the gnatcatcher habitat and is not allowed to be built on.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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