Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.77
Liaison Andrew Porter
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Cincinnati
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Mitigation for Avian Moralities due to Glass Collisions at the University of Cincinnati

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The university has begun a faculty, administration collaboration to study and reduce bird fatalities on campus. Collisions of birds into buildings, especially glass structures represent a critical threat to avian populations and account for an estimated 365 million to one billion birds being killer per year in the United States. This trend continues to develop more ominous implications as urbanization and habitat fragmentation continues across the country.

In 2010, with the support of undergraduate student research assistants, UC Professor Ronald Canterbury began collecting and quantifying birds killed on the UC campus. From his analysis of the bird strikes on campus during this time frame, it became evident that the majority of the strikes were happening in specific places on campus, in particular on six campus buildings, that include Turner Hall, Scioto Hall, Morgens Hall, the Lindner College of Business, Care/Crawley, and the Campus Recreation Center.

Dr. Canterbury and the university’s Department of Planning + Design + Construction are collaborating on a pilot project to add film that contains geometric patterns to glass walls one or more areas where bird strikes are particularly prevalent. There is some evidence the that this type of film reduces bird strikes.

The goal is twofold: to reduce bird mortality on UC’s campus and to determine if and to what degree the films impacts mortality. If the film proves effective, we hope to use the results to encourage institutions that own and build building to use materials that reduce bird strikes.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Research
Buildings
Grounds

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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