Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Courtney Stoner
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

American University
IN-11: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Hannah Moskowitz
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) or ACSP for Golf Yes
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard No
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program No
An IFOAM-endorsed organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) No
Salmon-Safe No
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Yes
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) Yes
Bee Campus USA No
An equivalent program approved by AASHE ---

A brief description of institution owned and/or managed land that is currently third party certified under one or more of the programs listed above, including the year each certification was achieved and/or renewed:

Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP): Certified in 2017. This certification applies to all of campus.

Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES): Certified in 2013. The School of International Service (SIS) at American University created an integrated site and multiuse building that work together to produce a more sustainable environment for the university. The site was previously an impervious parking lot, but now works to recycle and filter all stormwater on the site. This is accomplished by collecting water from the building roof in a cistern for recycling to use in the building toilets. Stormwater detained on the site is reduced and filtered through green roofs, bioretention, and vegetated buffers. The building has also earned a LEED® Gold rating. A variety of outdoor seating opportunities were included to help facilitate interactions between students, faculty, staff, and guests. Other sustainable features include xeriscape planting, edible plants, LED lighting, and no irrigation.

Tree Campus USA: Certified in 2009. This certification applies to all of campus.

The entire campus is an accredited level II arboretum by ArbNet. The entire campus was certified in 2003.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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