Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.70
Liaison Kevin Kirsche
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Georgia
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Nate Shear
Sustainability Metrics Intern
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 ---
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) ---
Bee Campus USA Yes
Demeter Biodynamic ---
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard ---
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard ---
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program ---
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM ---
Salmon-Safe ---
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) ---
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) Yes
An equivalent program approved by AASHE ---

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

UGA has held Tree Campus USA designation for 10 consecutive years, starting in 2010 and continuing until present date. In 2000, the entire University of Georgia campus in Athens, GA was designated as an arboretum. The University of Georgia Arboretum was established to provide biological and aesthetic collections of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in designed settings for the enjoyment and education of students, faculty, staff and citizens of Georgia. Its mission includes mapping, labeling and otherwise promoting the extant and future plant collections. An Arboretum Committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community members was also established to provide leadership and expertise with regard to the health and diversity of the campus’ trees. The committee also has the responsibility of encouraging innovative projects that address teaching, research, public access, and related activities, such as mapping, signage, and the D.W. Brooks Mall Arboretum Memorial.

UGA obtained Bee Campus USA status in February 2021. UGA is committed to creating a secuer future through a dependable food supply. According to the US EPA, pollinators provide humans with one out of every three bites of food that we eat. A certified Bee Campus USA by the Xerces Society, UGA’s pollinator protection initiatives support healthy pollinator habitats through interdisciplinary research, education, outreach, and campus operations.


Documentation affirming the certification(s):
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Website URL where information affirming the certification(s) is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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