Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Ryan Todd
Submission Date May 9, 2016
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California State University, Sacramento
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Kristina Cullen
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management—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, 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:

The campus is adjacent to the American River which is under the jurisdiction of the American River Flood Control District. The district's primary duties consist of levee inspection and repairs and maintenance of the bike trails.


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?:
Yes

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

The University is currently working with the Department of Water Resources Central Valley Flood Protection Board and the American River Parkway Advisory Committee to assess any anticipated impacts to the flora and fauna of the American River and surrounding eco-system as a result of the Student Housing Phase II project. The project will require certification by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife.


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

Because of the endangered Elderberry Beetle, which lives in Elderberry bushes along the American River Parkway, a large environmental impact assessment of the project was necessary.


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

Sacramento State is located along the American River Watershed. Because of the University's proximity to this environmentally sensitive area campus plans and programs have been designed to protect the local environment.
The campus Master Plan outlines goals to protect the American River and resident aquatic life from pollutants originating from campus. These goals will be met through projects like Low Impact Development included in new construction and diverting 29% of campus storm water from direct discharge into the American River. Additional details can be found in the Sustainability Chapter of the campus Master Plan.


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

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