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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 57.70
Liaison Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Submission Date May 31, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Sustainable Development Advisor
Sustainable Development Office
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:

Polytechnique Montreal shares a campus with Université de Montréal on Montréal's Mount Royal, which is listed as a Historic and Natural District by a provincial decree of the government of Québec (http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=1&file=2005F%2F43917.PDF).


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:

In 2011, Université de Montréal, with the help of Polytechnique, carried out an important inventory and created a map showing the different fauna and flora species and their ecological values as well as the different walking paths available around the campus. This resulted as well in the development of a Biodiversity action plan for the entire campus (Plan d'action 2012-2020).


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

The map identifies the location of mammals, mushrooms, birds, amphibians and the different flora communities (brownfields, mapples, oaks, poplars, vegetation on disturbed site....) and their ecological value (high, medium, low).

For détails: http://durable.umontreal.ca/biodiversite/plan-biodiversite/


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

The Biodiversity action plan for 2012-2020 focuses on 8 main priorities :
1. Improve the condition of our woodlands and encourage the dissemination of their ecological wealth.
2. Actively participate in the development of the 3rd peak Park.
3. Ensure the realization of species inventories and of their monitoring.
4. Promote the development of projects that contribute to food production in the forest and the city.
5. Be proactive in terms of stormwater management.
6. Establish a green space management plan for the different campuses.
7. Integrate into the built heritage devices supporting biodiversity.
8. Mobilize and sensitize the community about biodiversity.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Polytechnique Montréal's campus benefits from a very special location on the Mount Royal in Montreal. Polytechnique itself owns a small part of the area (about 5 hectares). In those 5 hectares, only 0.5 hectares are vegetalised lands (mostly just grass), the buildings, roads, parkings and sidewalks surrondings the buildings occupying the remaining. Polytechnique Montreal is affiliated to Université de Montréal, which manages the surrounding lands. Since the area is protected by a provincial decree, a lot of municipal regulations are in place to implement the protection of this special location. Polytechnique's campus is part of the biodiversity assessment and Biodiversity action plan that were developed by Université de Montréal.

Polytechnique and Université de Montréal work closely with other organizations (such as Les Amis de la Montagne for instance) to protect the Mount Royal.

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