Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.83
Liaison Katie Wall
Submission Date March 24, 2022

STARS v2.2

Lees-McRae College
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Katie Wall
Program Coordinator
Outdoor Recreation Management
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Bear Wise Campus

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In Spring 2022, Lees-McRae College became a Bear Wise Campus.

The BearWise® program was developed by black bear biologists and is supported by State wildlife agencies. You can trust BearWise to have sound information and smart solutions that help people, neighborhoods and communities prevent problems and keep bears wild.

Look for information about the nature of black bears on BearWise.org, as well as sections on preventing problems with bears (At-Home BearWise Basics and Outdoor BearWise Basics), numerous bear safety tips, and Becoming BearWise for neighborhoods and communities.

You may encounter wild animals while on campus or on surrounding properties. Bear, deer, small game, and other wildlife move through the same space we do, so wildlife encounters are possible. You are encouraged to be aware of your surroundings, travel with friends, and make noise as you move through our bear country.

Never feed a bear. Feeding any wild game is dangerous and against the law. If you have concerns regarding bear activity on campus, please contact Campus Police.

For more information, refer to Bearwise bear safety tips.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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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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