Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.04
Liaison Shoshana Blank
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Tufts University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Greg Mellett
Ground Supervisor
Facilities Services
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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:

Although the IBAT map does not show "any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance" near Grafton, Massachusetts, the Grafton campus master plan depicts watershed areas for the Grafton Water Department as well as wetlands for various wildlife and vegetation.


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?:
No

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:

The Grafton campus master plan identifies these areas. Wildlife Program staff have recorded areas, and a third party prepared a forest management plan.


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

Watershed and wetlands, Blue Spotted Salamanders, spotted owls, moosewood lady slippers as well as many species of protected invertebrates. There is preferred habitat of the long-eared bat, although there are no bats currently residing in it.


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

Not allowing the use of neonicotinoids for systemic pest controls, which has been linked to honey bee decline. On the Medford Campus, dead tree removal was halted due to nesting red tail hawks.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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