|Submission Date||March 2, 2018|
Saint Louis University
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
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?:
A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:
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?:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
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:
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
In St. Louis, on Earth Day 2014, Mayor Slay launched a program of the City's Urban Vitality & Ecology Initiative, designed to foster the connection between people and natural resources. Milkweeds for Monarchs: The St. Louis Butterfly Project is an effort that will advance elements of the City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan and a priority in the Mayor's Sustainability Action Agenda by helping connect people to urban nature. Mayor Slay pledged that the City would plant 50 monarch gardens, and challenged the community to plant an additional 200 monarch gardens to celebrate St. Louis' 250th birthday.
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
In November 2014, Saint Louis University planted approximately 300 sq. ft. of flower beds for the initiative divided into 3 beds. Two flower beds are located in front of Shannon Hall and one is just west of Macelwane Hall. All gardens are located in the Koenig Plaza area on campus. Plants installed included: 15 Purple Coneflowers, 15 Orange Coneflowers, 15 Goldenrods, 15 Bee Balm/Bergamots, 15 Asters, and 15 Whorled Milkweed, Common Milkweed, Swamp/Marsh Milkweed, and Butterfly Weed. All plants installed were part of the approved monarch mix plant list provided by the City of Saint Louis.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Currently no formal assessments or policies related to biodiversity are available. However, Saint Louis University offers a number of degree programs in conservation, biology, biodiversity, environmental science, sustainability, etc., with which the opportunities for campus projects are immense. This is an area that will be fruitful in planning for the future.
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