|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||March 14, 2016|
St. John's University, New York
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 or an equivalent resource or study.
STARS Research Analyst
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 any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance on institution owned or managed land:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable 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 methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
The Sustainability Department wanted to efficiently use the Organic Garden on campus to promote the greatest impact for the small space. Different projects were discussed and research by Sustainability Coordinators resulted in the idea of a "Pollinator Garden" that would help native species and promote more healthy organic produce for donation. The idea for this project came from other programs such as the "Great Pollinator Project"(http://greatpollinatorproject.org/conservation/major-threats-to-pollinators). Sustainability Coordinators monitor and maintain the garden's progress.
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
The past few decades have shown a major decrease of local insects to the area,including many pollinator insects such as butterflies and bees. Although our garden space is limited, a pollinator garden was planted to help these local insects; as well as birds and the pollination of the organic garden.
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
A pollinator garden has been established to attract and provide a haven for bees, butterflies and birds. Within weeks of the garden's establishement, the presence of pollinators had increased by at least 500% over the past 5 years. Since the school is located on a relatively small space in a very urban environment, a project creating a habitiat for small wildlife like bees, butterflies and birds is the largest reasonable scope for the campus.
The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available: