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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 58.51
Liaison Geory Kurtzhals
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Derick Chick
Graduate Asssistant
Sustainability 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 any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance on institution owned or managed land:

To the east we border Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. To the south we border Giant City State Park.Technically we are also located within the Shawnee National Forest


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable 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 methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

Federal funding of projects requires compliance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA). SIUC normally contracts a consulting firm to prepare a Biological Assessment (BA) on behalf of and in conjunction with DOE to evaluate the potential impacts to federally listed threatened and endangered species. DOE also reviews the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Environmental Conservation Online System to determine that there is no known critical habitat present at the proposed project site and/or Action Area. The list of threatened, endangered, and candidate species for Jackson County is obtained from the USFWS Midwest Region 3 Section 7(a)(2) Technical Assistance Website.


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

Palid Sturgeon
Least Term
Indiana Bat
Gray BAt
Southeastern Myotis
Rafinesque's big-eared bat


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

The campus has hundreds of acres of natural habitat for wildlife, natural woods, a lake, a rural setting surrounded by woods and farmland. The campus is noted for its deer, wild turkey, waterfowl and songbird populations, and is full of small fur bearing animals. We have created large native grass plantings and are currently working on a native wetland project connected to a watershed at the lake the first phase was completed this summer with two additional phases needed to complete project roughly over the next year and a half to two years.


The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:
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