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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 53.23
Liaison Ryan Kmetz
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

St. Lawrence University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

The University's lands are home to state and federal wetlands.


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:

The University utilizes qualified third-party consultants to to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas. Additionally, the University annually conducts review of endangered or vulnerable species, and their habitats, using USFWS' IPaC.


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

USFWS IPaC identified the following:
a) One potential federally listed species: Northern Long-eared Bat
b) Eighteen potential migratory birds: American Bittern, Bald Eagle, Black Tern, Black-billed Cuckoo, Black-crowned Night-heron, Canada Warbler, Common Tern, Golden-winged Warbler, Least Bittern, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Peregrine Falcon, Pied-billed Grebe , Red-headed Woodpecker , Short-eared Owl, Upland Sandpiper, Willow Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, and the Yellow Rail
c) Seven federally recognized wetlands including: freshwater emergent, freshwater forested/shrub, freshwater pond, and riverine


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

Over 60 of our 200 maintained acres are designated low-mow zones. Native grasses are encouraged and bluebird boxes provide nesting habitat. We have a storm water retention pond which provides wildlife habitat and we have 800 acres of woods and wetlands with trails, wildlife observation areas and a field station.


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