|Submission Date||Aug. 11, 2017|
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.
Director 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:
In 2013, Colgate's 1,059 acres of forested lands received certification from the American Tree Farm System for long-term sustainable management. As part of the process to receive ATF Certification, we worked with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to identify any endangered or threatened species on our property. This survey will be repeated every five years.
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Spreading Globeflower (Trollius laxus, NYS listed as Rare) was identified on an adjacent property but not directly on Colgate property.
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Colgate manages 1,059 acres of forest that is mostly unfragmented and contains intact local ecosystems. Our 2007 Forest and Open Lands Stewardship Plan further designates hundreds of acres as "preservation." In 2013, we received American Tree Farm Certification for all of our forestland to demonstrate long-term sustainable forest management. Additionally, Taylor Lake---located on the main campus---attracts different species of birds such as mergansers, ducks, geese, other types of waterfowl, and neotropical migrants and more recently bald eagles.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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