|Submission Date||Dec. 18, 2019|
Tennessee Technological 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.
Facilities:Office of Sustainability
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:
Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation has identified 2 wetland boundaries. The first wetland has been delineated to be 1.76 acres, the second is 0.11 acres. These areas are 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:
Tennessee Tech owns and maintains 1.87 acres of wetlands protected under Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). This area was surveyed by Tennessee Tech University Wetland Delineation.
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
The Tennessee Tech Biology Department and the Field Botany 3240 course maintain a Native Plant Garden located in the middle of campus, each garden has a theme that represents the most common habitats in Tennessee. These habitats are prairie, rocky outcrop, wetland, mesic woodland, cedar glade, pasture/roadside, and health balds. Along with a variety of different plant species, there are insect homes located around the garden as well.
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
In Summer of 2019, Tennessee Tech received certification for Bee Campus USA. Upon receiving this certification, Tennessee Tech implemented a habitat plan that is safe and friendly for pollinators and also developed gardens with native plants around campus to help pollinators. The Department of Biology at Tennessee Tech maintains their commitment to up keeping our native plant garden on campus. We have various pollinator gardens located around campus that can be identified on our Sustainability Map. On Tennessee Tech's website, there is information on Bee Campus USA including classes related to pollinators and our IPM Plan.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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