Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.79
Liaison Courtney Stoner
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

American University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Courtney Stoner
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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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, 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:

A legally protected area owned by the National Park Service property, Soapstone Valley (a part of Rock Creek Park) is adjacent to a building owned by American University (4401 Connecticut Ave NW).


Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution?:
Yes

A list of endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution, by level of extinction risk:

There are no endangered or vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution.


Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution?:
Yes

A brief description of areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution:

There are no areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by American University. All of campus developed land.


The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or areas of biodiversity importance and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

A list of identified endangered species in Washington, DC is uploaded in the additional documentation.

There is only one endangered species in DC - the Hay's Spring amphipod.

In the species profile, the review (last available is from 2013) lists the habitat for the species as seeps or springs within Rock Creek Park. Campus does not include any land with seeps or springs within Rock Creek Park.

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/five_year_review/doc4172.pdf


A brief description of the scope of the assessment(s):

The areas owned and managed by American University are all developed land, there are no endangered or vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution or areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the AU.


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

American University grounds are Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and certified by the Audubon Society as a cooperative sanctuary. AU's grounds provide food (berries, nectar, sap, pollen, and foliage/twigs) and water (rain gardens and a pond) for wildlife. Wooded areas, rock walls, dense shrubs, evergreens, burrows, and a pond provide wildlife shelter. Mature trees, host plants, and a water garden also provide wildlife with appropriate spaces for raising their young. Additionally, sustainable gardening practices include: xeriscaping, rain water capture, IPM, mulching, native plants, lawn area reduction, and composting.


Estimated percentage of areas of biodiversity importance that are also protected areas :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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