Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.32
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 29, 2022

STARS v2.2

Iowa State University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 1.00 Chris Strawhacker
Program Coordinator II
Facilities Planning and Management
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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:

The university has established a number of sites across the campus to provide habitat for pollinators.

The site of a recently demolished building was restored to establish a 1/3 acre pollinator garden. The site was seeded with a high diversity native perennial seed mix to provide habitat for monarch butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Educational signage was installed describing the importance of pollinators and the monarch migration.

The rain garden that manages rain water from the Biorenewables Laboratory had stopped draining properly and the diversity of the existing native plants had significantly dwindled. In an effort to celebrate and support native pollinators, the ISU community in the form of the student-run Green Umbrella sustainability group; the faculty group Pollinators, Plants, and People; and students from the College of Design's Department of Landscape Architecture collaborated on the design and planting of the existing rain garden to incorporate native plants.

A new rain garden, constructed as part of the addition to the Gerdin Business Building, incorporated native plants to support pollinators.


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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