Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.79
Liaison Ryan Chabot
Submission Date April 23, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Central Florida
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Ryan Chabot
Sustainability Coordinator
Arboretum and Sustainability Initiatives
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Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation No
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) No
Bee Campus USA Yes
Demeter Biodynamic No
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard No
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard No
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program No
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM No
Salmon-Safe No
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) No
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) Yes
An equivalent program approved by AASHE No

A brief description of the institution’s third party certified land holdings:

Tree Campus Higher Education
Every year since 2011, UCF has been awarded the ‘Tree Campus Higher Education” designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This dedication recognizes the University of Central Florida as a leader in arboricultural practices. Tree Campus Higher Education is a national program designed to increase the quality and quantity of Urban Forests on University campuses throughout the country. The award recognizes participants who have made a commitment to improving the quality of outdoor experiences on campus, based on five core standards aimed at supporting a resilient forest. To win the award, campuses must establish a Tree Advisory Committee, a Campus Tree Care Plan, dedicated annual expenditures, an Arbor Day observance, and sponsorship of student service-learning programs.

Each year for UCF’s Arbor Day celebration, students, community supporters, and friends and family turn out to share their passion for trees with a tree planting event to celebrate UCF Arbor Day. While UCF’s Landscape and Natural Resources celebrates trees every day, the Arbor Day celebration is a fantastic way to share information about trees with the public. Since 2011, the event has hosted UCF Athletics, a number of UCF classes, local public schools, UCF’s Inclusive Education Services, as well as being open to the public.

Bee Campus USA
The Bee City and Bee Campus USA programs are initiatives of the Xerces Society, a non-profit organization that has worked to protect invertebrates and their habitats since 1971. By becoming a Bee Campus USA, UCF actively addresses the plight of pollinators through operations, educational programs, and community engagement. We maintain our designation by submitting an annual report that details our achievements each year and we have been a member for two years. Check out the UCF Arboretum Annual Report.

Pollinator populations are in decline due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and other stresses. One way to enhance pollinator populations is to establish plants that they need to prosper and grow. UCF planted its first official pollinator garden in 2016, and we have since added two more gardens, with plans to add more. Beyond the pollinator gardens, there are many plants throughout campus landscapes and natural areas that provide abundant food sources for pollinators. You can find information on many of the plants we use in our pollinator gardens by visiting our Pollinator Garden Collection on the Plants Map website. Also, check out this awesome pollinator project from Lawn to Wildflowers!

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