Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.05
Liaison Cassandra Lamontagne
Submission Date May 26, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Concordia University
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Chantal Forgues
Sustainability Coordinator
EHS
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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?:
No

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:
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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:

Concordia University has two campuses totaling about 24 hectares. The Sir George Williams campus is located in the highly urban core of downtown Montreal and the Loyola campus is located in Montreal-West in a mixed environment of commerce, residences, and industries.

The following source of information have been used to assess the existence of endangered and vulnerable species or environmentally sensible habitats:

Quebec’s Registry of Protected Areas (http://www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/biodiversite/aires_protegees/registre/index.htm)
Quebec’s Registry of Protected Areas indicate that Concordia University does not contain and is not adjacent to legally protected areas.

Montreal 2013 Biodiversity Assessment Report (http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/GRANDS_PARCS_FR/MEDIA/DOCUMENTS/LAB_REPORT_FINALE_EN_WEB.PDF)
Although Montreal has important biodiversity, the Montreal 2013 Biodiversity Assessment Report did not highlight any endangered species or habitats in the vicinity of Concordia’s campuses, especially considering that natural habitats account for only 9.7% of Montreal’s area. Some species considered “at risk” are located in the city’s large parks, aquatic habitats and along shorelines.

Québec Biodiversity Atlas – Threatened or Vulnerable Species
(http://www.cdpnq.gouv.qc.ca/pdf/atlas-biodiversite-en.pdf)
The Quebec Biodiversity Atlas indicate that Montreal has a rather high species richness index but a rather low species rarity index with 0% of endemic species.

Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT)
(https://www.ibat-alliance.org/ibat-conservation/)
The Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) does not show any legally protected areas or regions of conservation importance overlapping Concordia University’s campuses.

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
(http://www.cosewic.gc.ca)
The Government of Canada’s Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) detects 73 species in the province of Quebec that are classified as “Endangered” or “Threatened”. None of these 73 species are found on Concordia’s campuses.

Based on the above, it is reasonable to conclude that there are no endangered/vulnerable species or environmentally sensible areas on Concordia University’s campuses.


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

No endangered and vulnerable species nor environmentally sensitive areas were identified on campus.


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

Concordia University always works in collaboration with the City of Montreal to ensure the protection of the City's natural environment.


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