Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.22
Liaison Jessica Russell
Submission Date Oct. 17, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Mount Royal University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jessica Muraca
Project Analyst
Facilities 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, and/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 or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory 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 methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas (including most recent year assessed) and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

In 2017, a report was conducted to evaluate the characteristics of the existing plant material within the Mount Royal University Landscape. The report was based on: Diversity, Pollinator importance, Fruiting food source for bird species, Drought tolerance, and Origin of the species. It was conducted to determine if current sustainable objectives are being met. See the attached document for specific sustainable objectives.

The report conducted gathered information on tree population, shrub, and herbaceous plant characteristics including a tree and shrub inventory and identification to determine diversity and then further classified based on Pollinator Importance, Food Source for Bird Species, Drought Tolerance.


A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

Data found 67% of the tree population is a source of pollen or nectar to various species of bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, and hummingbirds. It was identified that 47% of the tree population provides a food source for bird species and 65% of the trees are drought tolerant with only 2% of the remaining 31% recognized as poor regarding drought tolerance.

For the shrub population, 85% is recognized to have pollinator importance, 49% provide food for Bird Species, and 73% of the shrubs are drought tolerant.

Within the herbaceous species population, 97% has pollinator importance, and 71% are drought tolerant.


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

The information is used as a baseline for future data collection, analysis and reporting. The data allows for targeted efforts on deficient and problematic areas. For future plans, this data will be used to perform calculations on carbon sequestration and capture, reduction of heat island effect, and storm water retention. A database and GIS map have been created to assist in these endeavors.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.