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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 54.45
Liaison Claudia Kent
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Haverford College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Claudia Kent
Sustainability Coordinator/Organic Garden Advisor
Facilities Management
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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:
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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:

Endangered and Vulnerable species procedures were outlined in the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) Project review for the Streambank restoration. Two species were listed as potential impacts, the Corallorihiza wisteriana, Spring Coral-root and Quercus Phellos, willow oak. For the Spring Coral root, site observations following DCNR Botanical Survey Protocols were used by the horticulturists during the bloom season in the spring within and around the wetlands for the stream and pond areas, none found. Letter was sent to the PNDI. The Quercus phellos were located on the site map and field located in the woods areas along with all know species on campus. Although some were located near the stream work, none were in danger by the construction. Letter and map sent to PADEP twice, once for the dorm construction and once for the streambank.

A survey was conducted by a licensed surveyor and mapped delineating the wetlands on campus along the stream and around the pond. this survey was part of the application and incorporated into the design to protect these environmentally sensitive areas. This was all done under the auspecies of Land Concepts, Inc.

Both of these methodologies were acceptable to the appropriate agencies.


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

Haverford has an upper and lower pond.The entire area (10 acres)is designated as a pollinator garden by Penn State. The pond areas are a mix of woodlands, woody and herbaceous plants, mostly native species. A stream bank restoration project that stretches from the lower pond to the south property line was completed in 2013.
Haverford College's Willow Oaks have been identified by the PA DEP as endangered and a vulnerable species.


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

Shifting from mowed lawn around the duck pond to wild meadow provides wildlife habitat and a reliable food source for animals, and can help reduce, or even eliminate storm water runoff and erosion.

Haverford began the move away from mowing five years ago starting in the Pinetum, which is now entirely meadow except for some paths mowed through for the College’s cross-country runners. The Pinetum was also planted with wildflowers on the north end.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The latitude and longitude for our location on the PA state pollinator map is
Latitude: 40.011755
Longitude: -75.299439

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.