|Overall Rating||Bronze - expired|
|Submission Date||June 13, 2016|
The University of Texas at Dallas
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning or an equivalent resource or study.
Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager
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?:
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:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
The methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
UT Dallas has dedicated acreage toward preserving the habitat for the Monarch Butterfly. The no-mow zone space is identified as the Monarch Waystation. This location is also certified through the nonprofit organization known as the Monarch Watch.
UT Dallas has an apiary so students can study the biology of honeybees. The bees have access to native plants in a secluded area of campus left fallow. This is an academic program contributing to biodiversity on-campus.
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
UT Dallas has created a Monarch Waystation with year round student programming. There are multiple volunteer events throughout the year known as Butterfly Flutterby, where students assist in the maintenance of the Monarch Waystation. This may include mulching, planting, and harvesting milkweed seeds. The milkweed habitat is surrounded by native prairie flowers providing nectar and pollen to all pollinators. The habitat development has also increased the presence of birds and small animals in the area.
A full course identified as Honeybee Biology is offered at UT Dallas. This course utilizes the honeybee apiary within the coursework for hands-on teaching. These habitats utilize native plants to support the insect populations.
The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available: