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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 Gold
Overall Score 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jason Kersch
Landscape Architect
Office of Campus Planning
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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:

No legally protected or internationally recognized areas but the Indian Pond area is very important area for the campus for biodiversity, wetlands and overall stormwater management.


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?:
No

The methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

In 2008, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation reviewed the NY Natural Heritage Program database for the Albany area. They provided a list of rare and state-listed animals and plants, significant natural communities and other significant habitats. The database is always being updated due to ongoing monitoring.


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

Indian Pond is our retention basin that is vital for our stormwater management, sustainable landscaping program and is a biologically diverse habitat. It is located on the east side of campus.


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

Indian Pond is subject to the guidelines in our landscaping master plan and stormwater management plan


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.