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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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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
OP-T2-20: Wildlife Habitat

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 have programs in place to protect and/or create wildlife habitat on institution-owned land?:
Yes

A brief description of the wildlife habitat program, policy, or practice:

GW's campus is in the heart of downtown Washington, DC. As such opportunities to protect and preserve wildlife habitat are at a premium. However, GW is committed to serving as a model of urban sustainability and as such is working to create and protect spaces on campus to enhance biodiversity. There are multiple examples of these types of efforts.

The first is the GW Ecosystems Plan which lays out goals and targets to enhance biodiversity on campus. GW plans on using its landscaping techniques and space planning to ensure biodiversity on campus.

The second are the two gardens on GW's campuses. The GroW garden on Foggy Bottom is just steps from the State Department and in the heart of bustling DC. The garden provides a welcome respite for animals and biodiversity in the area.

The third is the two bee colonies on GW's campus. One apiary is located on the rooftop of the biology building on Foggy Bottom and Professor Hartmut Doebel and his research assistants provide a home for them helping to restore much-needed pollinators to the area. In conjunction with this project the students worked with the GW Grounds team to plant a pollinator-friendly garden during Earth Week to help provide more habitat and food sources for bees in the area.


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.