Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.59
Liaison Chris Adam
Submission Date Sept. 7, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Dawson College
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Chris Adam
Sustainability Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Rooftop Monarch Butterfly Nursery Project

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Monarch butterflies are were added to the species at risk list recently. Dawson has planted over 400 milkweed plants for monarchs to lay eggs on throughout the campus grounds and on rooftops. Flowering native plants were also planted as a food source for adults. The Rooftop Monarch Nursery Project is a breeding enclosure constructed on the gym roof where caterpillars can also be kept and protected from parasitic wasps. Started in 2017, this enclosure sits on the gym roof and is monitored daily by volunteers. Butterflies are tagged and released in the peace garden. This project has involved many classes and staff members (biology, leadership) and over 50 caterpillar kits are distributed to staff to care for internally. This provides ample opportunity for discussion, experiencing the wonder of the transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis to adult butterfly and the ultimate release in our urban setting. After three years, wild monarchs now visit the grounds and are laying eggs on the milkweed. Montreal's Espace pour la Vie has designated Dawson grounds a monarch oasis.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

In 2020 we will be rearing and releasing over 300 monarch butterflies and engaging College staff to help our team of volunteers.

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