Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Megan Curtis-Murphy
Submission Date May 28, 2021
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Northeastern University
IN-11: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Casey Shetterly
Special Projects - Sustainability
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Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) or ACSP for Golf No
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard No
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program No
An IFOAM-endorsed organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) No
Salmon-Safe No
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Yes
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) Yes
Bee Campus USA No
An equivalent program approved by AASHE ---

A brief description of institution owned and/or managed land that is currently third party certified under one or more of the programs listed above, including the year each certification was achieved and/or renewed:

Northeastern University’s Boston campus has officially been recognized as a Level II Arboretum by ArbNet, a nonprofit dedicated to helping create and conserve arboreta around the world. Northeastern is now the only university in Boston to have an arboretum on its campus. The Arboretum covers 11.5 acres of green space out of the 72 acre Boston campus, including 1,471 individual trees representing over 100 different species; 5,404 shrubs; and 141 woody plant species, all of which shelter the walkways between buildings and surround the open green spaces. To be accredited, an arboretum needs to have a strategic plan, a governing board, public programming, and an inventory of every tree and woody plant on the grounds. Level II-accredited arboreta have 100 species, varieties or cultivars of trees or woody plants, an arboretum collections policy describing the development and professional management of plants, and have enhanced educational and public programming.

Carter Field/Sports Air Structure (land owned by the City of Boston) is maintained and operated by Northeastern University Facilities Management. The University paid for a significant redevelopment of the site in 2019 and is pending certification under “SITES”, the Sustainable Initiative Certification, through The Green Business Certification Inc. or “GBCI”.

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

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