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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 57.39
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tufts University
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 John Vik
Grounds Supervisor
Facilities
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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:

Although the IBAT map does not show "any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance" near Grafton, Massachusetts, the Grafton campus master plan depicts watershed areas for the Grafton Water Department as well as wetlands for various wildlife and vegetation.


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
No

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:

The Grafton campus master plan identifies these areas. Wildlife Program staff have recorded areas, and a third party prepared a forest management plan.


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

Watershed and wetlands, Blue Spotted Salamanders, spotted owls, moosewood lady slippers as well as many species of protected invertebrates. There is preferred habitat of the long-eared bat, although there are no bats currently residing in it.


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

Not allowing the use of neonicotinoids for systemic pest controls, which has been linked to honey bee decline.


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