Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.54
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2020

STARS v2.2

Elon University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 1.00 Scott Stevens
Director
Landscaping and Grounds
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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, or regions of conservation importance?:
No

A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:
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Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution?:
No

A list of endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution, by level of extinction risk:
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Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution?:
No

A brief description of areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution:
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The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or areas of biodiversity importance and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
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A brief description of the scope of the assessment(s):
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A brief description of the plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats, and/or ecosystems:
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Estimated percentage of areas of biodiversity importance that are also protected areas :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Elon preserves and protects wildlife on its campus and provides and protects habitat through such practices as the use of stormwater detention ponds and the establishment of a 56 acre Elon University Forest. The Forest is a dedicated land preserve and natural area. It serves primarily as a teaching resource and research site for academic programs.
https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/elon-forest/
In 2012, the Elon Community Garden was designated a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
https://www.elon.edu/u/news/2012/09/05/nwf-gives-stamp-of-approval-to-elon-community-garden/
In November 2004, then-President Lambert signed a resolution declaring the campus a Botanical Garden. This distinction means the campus provides not only a pleasing aesthetic experience but also serves as an educational tool for the campus and surrounding community. Many of the plants, flowers, and trees on Elon’s campus have been labeled to promote environmental stewardship, education, and research. This effort is continually expanding with more gardens and labels added every year. Plants are carefully selected for every project and garden to ensure that they perform well in their individual environment and require the minimum amount of water, nutrients, and care possible.
In 2019, the Elon University Botanical Garden earned a Level II Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum.
http://arbnet.org/morton-register/elon-university-botanical-garden

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