Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.81
Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Loyola University Chicago
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Aaron Durnbaugh
Director of Sustainability
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, 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 Lake Shore Campus in Chicago is located on the shore of Lake Michigan. As part of the Great Lakes, it is protected under a number of national and international treaties and compacts.


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?:
Yes

A list of endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution, by level of extinction risk:

Lakefront Migratory Flyway:
Chicago Metro Area Species

Animals
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - Recovered and DeListed
Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis) - Endangered
Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) - Threatened
Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) - Endangered and Designated Critical Habitat
Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) - Endangered
Piping plover (Charadrius melodus) - Endangered and Designated Critical Habitat
Rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) - Endangered

https://www.luc.edu/retreatcampus/ecology/biodiversity/,
Birds - https://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/lurec/pdfs/Avian%20Species%20Structure%20at%20Loyola%20University%20Retreat%20and%20Ecology%20Campus%20Final-1.pdf
Pollinators - https://www.luc.edu/retreatcampus/ecology/biodiversity/biodiversityresearch/


Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution?:
Yes

A brief description of areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution:

Lake Michigan migratory flyway.
Retreat and Ecology Campus borders the Parker Fen Nature Preserve and includes globally rare remnant wetland and Oak savanna landscape.


The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or areas of biodiversity importance and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

Multiple faculty projects have identified the species utilizing the site. Most significant of these are the migratory birds that utilize the Lake Michigan flyway between Canada and Central America and the rusty patch bumblebee at the Retreat and Ecology Campus.


A brief description of the scope of the assessment(s):

The lakefront assessments are recorded in eBird. 152 species have been recorded.
The Retreat and Ecology Campus assessments are done as part of various faculty and student projects demonstrated in the links above.


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

Multiple projects have recognized the impacts of our landscapes and buildings. The SOAR project has worked with Facilities, Audubon and other partners to reduce the impacts our buildings have on migratory birds.


Estimated percentage of areas of biodiversity importance that are also protected areas :
0

Website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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