Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.78
Liaison Greg Farley
Submission Date Sept. 9, 2014
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George Mason University
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tyler Orton
Projects Innovation Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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 any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance on institution owned or managed land:

George Mason University (Mason) owns multiple areas of conservation importance. On Mason's Fairfax and Prince William campuses there are both Resource Protection Areas and protected wetland areas. The property that is part of the Point of View research and retreat center borders Mason Neck, a protected state park, which contains wetlands and access to the Potomac River.


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:

As part of the Chesapeake Bay Act, Mason has identified environmentally sensitive areas such as Resource Protection Areas and wetlands for protection to improve the quality of the Potomac Watershed. George Mason University is currently undertaking a comprehensive Natural Resource Inventory to identify areas of priority for protecting and preserving which will include ongoing assessment and monitoring.


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

On George Mason University's Fairfax campus, we've found the Small Whorled Pagonia, a threatened species in danger of going extinct. Other environmentally sensitive areas that have been identified are wetlands on the Prince William and Fairfax campus.


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

At George Mason University's (Mason) Fairfax campus, the native plant garden and the garden in the Child Development Center are National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitats. In addition, to minimize turf maintenance, the landscaping team has converted several areas to wildlife habitats that attract native insects and birds: Butterfly Gardens and Bumblebee Havens. Butterflies and moths, bumblebees, and birds (such as golden finches and hummingbirds) have been observed feeding on the flowers (or insects attracted to the blooms) at the sites. Mason has also started a reforestation/campus restoration program where areas of campus are being restored to increase campus biodiversity and help reduce managed areas.


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

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