|Submission Date||March 1, 2019|
Western Washington University
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, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
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 the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:
WWU's main campus is adjacent to the Sehome Arboretum, which is protected by the City of Bellingham as wildlife and native vegetation habitat. WWU operates a satellite campus at Shannon Point, on the Salish Sea near Anacortes, WA. This 80-acre facility is prime habitat for wildlife and migratory birds.
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?:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
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:
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Western does not designate any area on campus as wildlife habitat specifically. However, all landscaped sections and/or controlled vegetation is maintained according to wildlife protection standards as defined by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife conservation program for public lands. Western’s grounds staff makes every effort to have minimal impact on wildlife while keeping grounds maintenance at an acceptable standard.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.