Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Emily Vollmer
Submission Date May 16, 2024

STARS v2.2

Virginia Tech
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Emily Vollmer
Sustainability Coordinator
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 No
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) No
Bee Campus USA Yes
Demeter Biodynamic No
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard No
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard No
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program No
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM ---
Salmon-Safe No
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) No
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:
Virginia Tech has achieved Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for 14 consecutive years: https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2022/04/tree-bee-campus.html

Virginia Tech became Bee Campus USA certified in 2022: https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2022/06/cals-bee-campus-usa.html

Documentation affirming the certification(s):

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Virginia Tech achieved Tree Campus USA recognition by meeting five national standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, operating a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures toward trees, organizing an Arbor Day observance, and executing student service-learning projects. More than 650 trees have been planted across campus since 2008.

You can see more information about Virginia Tech's Tree Campus USA recognition here: https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2022/04/tree-bee-campus.html

You can see more information about Virginia Tech's Bee Campus USA recognition here: https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2022/06/cals-bee-campus-usa.html The Bee Campus VT standing committee held events during Earth Week, including a lavender planting and a tour of campus gardens as pollinator habitat, and has participated in an invasive species removal event in Virginia Tech's old growth forest, Stadium Woods.

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