Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.25
Liaison Michelle Cong
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Fanshawe College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:

The College's downtown campus is a chimney swift habitat which falls under the Endangered Species Act.

“chimney swift active season” means the period of each year when chimney swift carry out life processes relating to breeding, nesting and rearing, and that begins around the end of April and ends around the middle of October, the exact dates varying according to the area of the Province in which the chimney swift are located and the climate conditions of each year.


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?:
Yes

Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
No

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:

Every year that the person is required to monitor chimney swift habitat under subsection (8), the person must notify the Ministry of chimney swift observed during monitoring by completing, within three months following the completion of the monitoring, the Natural Heritage Information Centre Rare Species Reporting Form available on the Ministry website detailing the species, number of chimney swifts, the date and location of observation and any other information requested on that form.

(8) After a person has created habitat for chimney swift under paragraph 4 of subsection (5), the person shall monitor the use of the habitat by chimney swift during the chimney swift active season for a period of years determined under subsection (9) and shall record information collected during monitoring, including the following information:
1. An estimate of the number of chimney swift entering or exiting the structure.
2. Evidence of chimney swift nesting in the structure.
The College is reaching out to our contacts to engage the appropriate party to monitor the new chimney.
(9) The number of years during which a person must monitor the effectiveness of habitat under subsection (8) shall be determined in accordance with the following rules:
1. If chimney swift are observed and recorded entering and exiting the structure during the first three years of monitoring, the person is not required to conduct further monitoring after the end of the three-year period.
2. If chimney swift are not observed and recorded entering and exiting the structure during the first three years of monitoring, the person shall continue to monitor the habitat until five years have passed after the creation of the habitat under paragraph 4 of subsection (5).


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

“chimney swift active season” means the period of each year when chimney swift carry out life processes relating to breeding, nesting and rearing, and that begins around the end of April and ends around the middle of October, the exact dates varying according to the area of the Province in which the chimney swift are located and the climate conditions of each year.


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

The College reviewed a number of reports on the subject and reached out to industry experts to create what we believe will attract this endangered species to our new chimney. A chimney investigation was completed to gather data of the existing chimney characteristics so that the College’s architectural and structural consultants could design a replacement chimney that would replicate as close as possible the qualities that attract this species. Together with the Colleges consultants the size of the chimney was maximized to the extent possible based on the buildings structural capacity. Interior texture, materials, thermal mass and depth was also discussed at length to come up with the finished design.

Along with using construction materials of brick/block which have great thermal mass qualities, the new chimney penetrates the existing roof into a conditioned space which further mimics the existing chimney’s characteristics.
The new chimney does not have a screen or cover on it.
The new chimney interior will be constructed using rough textured brick to match the existing chimneys interior construction.
The new chimney interior opening dimensions was designed to match the existing chimney’s opening size.
The structure is located on the 7th floor Penthouse level roof at 137 Dundas St., London, Ontario. Approx. 106’-0” (32.4m) to the top of the chimney.
Chimney schedule indicates work will be complete by Apr.28/15 which is in advance of the chimney swift active season for this area.
The College is reaching out to our contacts to engage the appropriate party to monitor the new chimney.


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