|Submission Date||Nov. 26, 2018|
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
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.
University Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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?:
A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas (including most recent year assessed) and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
Chatham University contracted with Andropogon Associates, Inc. to conduct an in-depth ecological analysis and study of biodiversity and land health for the Eden Hall Campus. The analysis was published along with the first Eden Hall Campus Master Plan in 2011.
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Eden Hall is at the head of three watersheds, with various species and habitats that need to be protected. Chatham has dedicated to preserving the existing forest in the Breakneck Creek Watershed, which serves to benefit the campus' ecosystem through water management, carbon sequestration, and wildlife habitat. Second, the Glade Run Forest is highly invaded by vines and deer-resistant shrubs and is largely isolated from the region’s network of forest patches. We are actively engaged in a longterm slow-managed process of restoration.
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Chatham University is currently concentrating on preserving wildlife habitat at the Eden Hall campus. We are improving our bee and songbird population with bee forage planting at the Shadyside campus and Eden Hall campus.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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