Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Linda Kogan
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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?:
No

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:

Some areas of the campus have been identified as archaeologically-sensitive and are preserved from future development.


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

The methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

UCCS contracted an environmental consulting firm to conduct an ecological site assessment as part of the 2012 Master Plan, in which it was identified that the natural setting of Colorado Springs, including its native landscape and views, contribute to the university’s unique sense of place. The plan evaluated the climate, topography, slope, geology, soils, hydrology, vegetation, and cultural resources and is designed to respect natural resources and minimizing water use for irrigation and managing stormwater on site.


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

Several sites on campus have been identified as having unique potential or known anthropological or ecological resources.


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

In the 2012 Master Plan, UCCS recognizes that much of it is constrained by topography, slope,geology, hydrology, and cultural significance. While these areas will not become part of the university’s built infrastructure, they are a vital and contributing part of the
campus, providing the character and sense of place that distinguish UCCS from other institutions in the state and country.


The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:
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