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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 Gold
Overall Score 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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George Washington University
OP-T2-19: Native Plants

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Ronda Chapman-Duer
Sustainability Project Facilitator
Division of Operations
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Does the institution prioritize the use of native plant species in landscaping?:
Yes

A brief description of the native plant program, policy, or practice:

GW released a groundbreaking Ecosystems Enhancement Plan in Spring 2012. This plan includes targets and goals for increasing and enhancing biodiversity on campus. GW is committed to enhancing the biological richness/diversity of the campus and is targeting to create design guidelines around outdoor space that are habitat friendly and promote non-invasive plants. The university plans to;
1) Conduct a habitat assessment (through classes)
2) Encourage native/adaptive/non-invasive/drought-resistant plantings and pro-habitat landscaping practices using the following criteria for plantings - appearance, adaptability, security and survivability
3) Partner with local NGOs to raise awareness about local urban ecosystems, indigenous species and preservation tactics. (E.g. Casey Trees)
4) Reduce the number of annuals planted
5) Place more bird houses around campus
6) Encourage use of systemic and pre-emergent pesticides
7) Encourage use of natural predators to manage pests
8) Connect campuses to green ways within the region
The GW Office of Sustainability works closely with the GW Grounds team on enhancing the sustainability of the landscaping on campus. At the time of submission the Office is working with stakeholders on campus to draft a grounds policy to layout a framework for plant selection. This policy aside, the Grounds Team is very attune to using native and adaptive plants on campus already, and often prioritizes them over invasive species. In addition, in conjunction with a GW student and apiarist, the team planted pollinator friendly plants on campus during Earth Week designed to help provide additional food for the apiaries on campus.


The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:

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