Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.57
Liaison Kelsey McCormick
Submission Date Sept. 23, 2019

STARS v2.2

Lawrence University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 1.00 Kelsey McCormick
Sustainability Coordinator
President's Office
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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:

The Fox River forms the southern border of Lawrence's main campus. The Fox River is the sixth longest river in Wisconsin and the largest tributary to the Bay of Green Bay. The Fox River is a foundational component of many communities in the Fox Valley. The Fox River was at one time heavily polluted with Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). It was not recommended for the public to swim in or eat caught fish. Begining in 2009, a clean up project has resulted in the dredging of PCBs and has greatly improved the quaility of the river. Lawrence is conscious of its position along the river and works to discourage runoff and pollution.


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:

Lawrence practices water stewardship through the use of water detention basins to reduce runoff and prevents the development of built environment along the portions of riverbank managed by the institution.

At the Bjorklunden property in Door County, the vast majority of the acreage is in an easement with the Door County Land Trust.


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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