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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 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Removal of an invasive species: Knotweed

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

This specific project seeks to eradicate a very invasive plant species, knotweed, from the campus property. Specifically, North's wetlands serve as the headwater for the Thornton Creek Watershed, so North has a responsibility for what happens downstream. A community partnership has been established with the non-profit, Adopt-A-Stream Foundation (AASF), via a Department of Ecology (DoE) grant. The Environmental Science program first had students map knotweed locations, and the DOE determined which areas specifically impacted the water way. A ten year memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed for both partners to monitor the eradication of the invasive over time. Students will obtain credit &/or volunteer in this campus as a living lab (CALL) project by planting native species and mapping future growth. This project extends beyond a CALL (AC8), and engaging a community partnership (EN10), as it takes on the great responsibility of assessing the impact that the campus wetland has on surrounding ecosystems, ultimately feeding into Lake Washington.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Public Engagement
Grounds

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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