Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.77
Liaison Franklin Lebo
Submission Date May 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

Baldwin Wallace University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Franklin Lebo
Assistant Professor of Sustainability
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:

Fullmer Arboretum: A .25 hectare area on the North side of campus that is protected and has a total of 52 different species of trees.

Butterfly Garden: Also located on the North side of Bagley road, this garden is home to native grasses specifically planted to attract and support native species of butterflies.


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?:
No

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

Identified species of native trees include:
(1) White oaks, (2) River Beeches, (3) Orange Osange, (4) Buckeye, (5) Paw Paw, (6) Red maple, and (7) Elm


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

2017- Tree Identification - An arborist and his team indexed all the trees on campus, did health assessments on the visible characteristics, and have also indexed the core samples taken from trees that have been cut down in the last year due to sickness.

Soil remediation has begun around the trees that have been labeled "weak" which is aerating the area around these trees, instead of having it grass so people continue to walk under them and compress the roots. Buildings and Grounds has spread wood chips 25 yards off the trunk to deter pedestrians and lawn mowers from traversing over the area thereby enhancing symbiotic relationships close to the tree's root systems.


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

These assessments encompassed our entire campus. Buildings and Grounds continues to maintain these practices for the entire campus on an annual basis.


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

Where necessary, sensitive areas are either cordoned off with ropes or by other means. For instance, the BW Rain Garden is indicated with a sign and the garden itelf is boxed in with wooden planks to deter pedestrians from stepping on the garden.


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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