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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 65.89
Liaison Marian Brown
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Wells College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Marian Brown
Center for Sustainability and the Environment


Institution conducts one or both of the following:

  • An assessment to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on institution-owned or -managed land;


  • An assessment to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or -managed land.

The institution has plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect the species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas identified.

Assessments conducted and programs adopted by other entities (e.g. government, university system, NGO) may count for this credit as long as the assessments and programs apply to and are followed by the institution.


This credit applies to all institutions with managed grounds comprising one or more percent of the total area of the campus.


This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:

  • Legally protected areas (e.g. IUCN Category I-VI)
  • Internationally recognized areas (e.g. World Heritage, Ramsar, Natura 2000)
  • Priority sites for biodiversity (e.g. Key Biodiversity Areas, Alliance for Zero Extinction sites)
  • Regions of conservation importance (e.g. Endemic Bird Areas, Biodiversity Hotspots, High Biodiversity Wilderness Areas)

2 points are available for this credit if the institution owns or manages land that includes or is adjacent to any of the above. 1 point is available for this credit for all other institutions. Please note that users do not have to calculate the number of points available themselves; points available will be calculated automatically when the relevant information is reported in the online Reporting Tool.

An institution earns the available points for conducting an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and for having plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect any species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas identified. Partial points are not available for this credit.



Report on current programs and the most recent assessment(s) completed or updated within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.

Sampling and Data Standards

Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.

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.