Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.34
Liaison Elizabeth MacKenzie
Submission Date July 24, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Iowa
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nate Strabala
Groundskeeping Supervisor
Facilities Management
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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:
- Iowa River

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:
Professional assessment of relevant local areas (Iowa River) paired with expertise in the area.

A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Areas adjacent to the Iowa River.

A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Wildlife habitat plantings are incorporated on UI property wherever appropriate. The UI campus is primarily urban, which can limit significantly-sized wildlife habitat in some areas. However, areas adjacent to the Iowa River, including ravines and wetlands, and areas at the Oakdale campus are managed for wildlife habitat.

Management includes removal of invasive species, protection and encouragement of mast trees and bushes, and re-establishment of native species where possible.

The University does not spray pesticides along riverbanks.

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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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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