Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.64
Liaison Kimberly Post
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2022

STARS v2.2

Saint Joseph's College - ME
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shawn Sheehan
Assistant Director
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, 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:
We have 2600 feet of shoreline on Sebago Lake, which is the water source for 200,000 people in the greater Portland area.

Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution?:
Yes

A list of endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution, by level of extinction risk:
Potentially vulnerable species of bats are found on the SJC campus. Potentially vulnerable Bald Eagles nest on SJC property. Potentially vulnerable loons use SJC campus habitat. Invasive species (e.g. wooly adelgids infesting hemlock trees) are monitored.

Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution?:
Yes

A brief description of areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution:
Vernal pools and year-round wetlands harbor important and vulnerable species, and are carefully managed by facilities management at SJC

The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or areas of biodiversity importance and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
USDA Forestry Plan

A brief description of the scope of the assessment(s):
Priority areas (adjacent to valuable resources, specialized habitats, vulnerable habitats) were surveyed by faculty researchers and student assistants. Low priority areas were noted but not surveyed.

A brief description of the plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats, and/or ecosystems:
There is an extensive runoff management system to ensure minimal disruption of Sebago Lake ecosystem function and services. All wetland and vulnerable habitats are identified and reserved/protected from development or disturbance.

Estimated percentage of areas of biodiversity importance that are also protected areas :
20

Website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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