Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.92
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Waterloo
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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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, or regions of conservation importance?:
No

A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:
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Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution?:
No

A list of endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution, by level of extinction risk:
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Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution?:
Yes

A brief description of areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution:

Waterloo has a 270 acre environmental reserve which is dedicated to teaching and research as well as a community resource. It includes parkland, Conestoga Lake, and the Laurel Creek. The Laurel Creek also extends through the South Campus and has naturalized shoreline and supports a variety of wildlife before continuing through Waterloo Park.


The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or areas of biodiversity importance and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

As part of the Living Lab, a number of students were hired to conduct an inventory of all vegetative species on campus, so that assessments can be done of vulnerable and endangered species populations in order to identify remediation or support opportunities. These included natural areas, watershed areas, semi-natural areas, and managed areas.


A brief description of the scope of the assessment(s):

Includes all of main campus and north campus


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

Waterloo has designated and manages an Environmental Reserve on its North Campus, a 270 acre area along the Laurel Creek and Conestoga Lake within the Grand River watershed with many naturalized areas and is used for study and research.


Estimated percentage of areas of biodiversity importance that are also protected areas :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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