Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.66
Liaison Enid Cardinal
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Rochester Institute of Technology
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Enid Cardinal
Senior Sustainability Advisor to the President
Office of the President
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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:

There are more than 180 acres of state and federally designated wetlands that weave throughout and surround the main portion of RIT's campus. The wetlands are a rich source of biodiversity and serve as an excellent subject for classes and research conducted by faculty and students.


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:

Wetland designations have been completed through on-the-ground mapping and satellite imagery by state officials and environmental consulting firms.

Environmental Science classes do water and soil sampling in the wetlands and other natural areas on campus. They also monitor invasive species on campus and their impacts on the wildlife.


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

There are approximately 200 acres of federally regulated wetlands on RIT’s campus, and of those approximately 186 acres of wetland are also regulated by the New State Department of Environmental Conservation. The RIT wetlands regulated by New York State are classified as Class I wetlands because they are in the East Branch of the Red Creek drainage basin and are hydraulically connected to Class I wetland BR-5. New York State has created a system with four separate classes that rank wetlands according to their ability to perform wetland functions and provide wetland benefits. Class I wetlands have the highest rank, and the ranking descends through classes II, III and IV.


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

In addition to the state and federal protections, the University holds conservation easements for several parcels of land. One such easement includes the RIT Bird Observatory and banding station.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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