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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 56.19
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date May 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Florida International University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Pine Rockland Restoration Prescribeded Burn

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

One historical and innovative practice for FIU took place March 2016 with FIU's first prescribed burn. This best land management practice is critical for the survival of globally imperilled pine rockland ecosystems and FIU is the only known university to have had this service. The 1 acre of Pine Rockland centered in FIU's Nature Preserve benefited from the campaigning and cooperation of numerous experts, staff, faculty, and students. Ultimately, with the approval from administration, the Florida Forest Service and Florida Native Plant Society granted the funding to conduct the prescribed burn, pre and post educational and awareness workshops and materials, and restoration materials for planting in the near future.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Positive measurable outcomes include the number of individuals from the local and university community who participated in the pre-burn educational awareness workshops led by the Florida Forest Service who now understand the reasons and benefits of prescribing a burn. We were also able to have the event documented with photos and video that increase positive public perception to such events. Several students have taken this opportunity to conduct research on effects of fire on soil, biodiversity, etc. Hundreds of Nature Preserve visitors have witnessed the before and after and been given educational tours, participated in the preparation and restoration of our pine rockland. The burn also significantly reduce the amount of resources our department would need to use in manually removing invasive species. We are looking forward to other positive measurable outcomes such as increased numbers of native flora and fauna and increases in pine rockland and prescribed burn literacy.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Biodiversity

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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