Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Michigan State University
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Sean O'Connor
Grounds Maintenance Manager
IPF Landscape Services
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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:

Wetlands, Red Cedar River, etc. See http://ipf.msu.edu/green/water/protection.html.


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:

Partnered with faculty, Campus Sustainability, office of water research, and Land Management


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

Michigan State University is endowed with a diversity of woodlands and wetlands located on the campus properties. These invaluable natural resources include more than 700 acres in 27 distinct sites. They provide important examples for our rich natural heritage and represent significant, accessible resources for teaching, research, demonstration and nature appreciation.
In no case shall endangered, threatened or special concern species be taken, nor shall any species be taken without proper, current, State and Federal permits, as required by law. Use of firearms on campus is prohibited. Pedestrian travel shall be the only allowable mode of transport in any campus natural area. Applications for scientific collecting, class use and other activities with potential for environmental impact in Natural Areas shall be reviewed on a case by case basis by the CNAC, or its designee. Any research or instructional materials left on a site that are related to unauthorized activities will be removed without notice.


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

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