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Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date June 13, 2016
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The University of Texas at Dallas
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Thea Junt
Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager
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?:
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:
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Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable 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?:
No

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