Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.32
Liaison Ken Lindeman
Submission Date April 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Institute of Technology
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Quinn Duffy
University Sustainability Officer
Facilities
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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?:
Yes

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

The jungle wetland space around campus is maintained and protected as this area falls within the St. Johns Water Management District along the Eastern Coast of Florida. This is a sensitive area that borders Crane Creek and the Crane Creek Scrub (IUCN Category V) and the Indian River Lagoon (IUCN Category IV). The University has made the commitment to protect these areas of campus such that they can retain their natural character.

Florida Tech's main campus is also located a few minutes from the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), the most divers estuary in North America. It is home to more than 2100 plant species and 2200 animal species, with at least 35 species being threatened or endangered; and contains 27% of Florida's salt marshes. the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute was created at Florida Tech to implement sustainable solutions for the maintenance and revitalization of the IRL. Florida Tech has a research facility adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon and also in Vero Beach, FL (Vero Beach Marine Laboratory) used for aquaculture advance and research on the species in the area.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data sourced from Facilities Operations Department , Office of Environmental and Regulatory Compliance, IBAT Database, and the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute (IRLRI).

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