Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 32.70
Liaison Carl Powell
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Ringling College of Art and Design
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tracy Wagner
VP of Finance & Administration
Business Affairs
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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 the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:

The Whitaker Bayou is considered a legally protected area by the IUCN with an IUCN management category of V, VI.


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:

The Ringling College commissioned Biohabitats to conduct a Green Infrastructure Assessment in conjunction with the development of the College's Campus Master Plan. Biohabitats collected and analyzed data on campus ecology, drainage issues, existing storm-water infrastructure, and landscape management. The resulting comprehensive report provides strategies and recommendations that align with the College mission and goals. This guidance provides the College with a pathway for moving forward with appropriate sustainable implementation strategies.


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

Biohabitat's identified the Whitaker Bayou that runs adjacent to the campus as an environmentally significant area.


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

Many of Biohabitat's observations, analyses, and recommendations are related to preserving, restoring, or creating green infrastructure throughout campus.


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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