|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Sept. 21, 2016|
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.
Urban Sustainability Program Associate
Yale Office of Sustainability
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:
Cross Woods is 103 acres (42 ha., 0.2 sq. mi.) in the town of West Windsor in Windsor County, Vermont. This parcel came under Yale ownership through a gift from Mr. Gorham L. Cross in December 1982. It is a young hardwood forest that established after the lot had been cleared for home development shortly before it was donated to Yale. Recently, the Yale Forests worked with the West Windsor Vermont Conservation Commission and added the entire forest to a large (almost 1,000 acres) multi-owner greenbelt surrounding Mount Ascutney. This large area is now fully protected against development in this rapidly growing region.
Crowell Forest is 285 acres (117 ha., 0.4 sq. mi.) in Dummerston, Vermont in Windham County and consists of two tracts about one mile apart. Robert Crowell donated the first 200-acre tract in April 1985 and the second 85 acre parcel in October 1986. Both tracts are primarily hardwood forests, with some stands of old-field white pine. In January 1996, Yale conveyed a conservation easement on the second 85 acre tract to the Vermont Land Trust.
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:
Yale's Grounds Maintenance team has established seven urban meadows in the Science Hill area of Central Campus. This program began with a pilot project in 2012 to identify potential no-mow zones around campus to produce benefits such as soil retention, temperature regulation, and increased biodiversity. Grounds Maintenance is continually working to identify potential new areas to expand this program.
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Yale's urban meadows are designed to promote natural regeneration, leading to increased biodiversity, improved water quality, and a reduction in stormwater runoff and soil erosion. In addition, less frequent mowing reduces fuel and equipment usage, saving money and improving air quality. This form of landscaping encourages grass and other plants to grow tall, with greater numbers of wildflowers and other native plants. Taller and more diverse vegetation improves habitat conditions for native species of plants and wildlife, including birds and butterflies.
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Grounds Maintenance and staff from the Peabody Museum of Natural History lead tours of the urban meadows for staff, students, and other community members to learn about the benefits of these spaces and identify various bird, tree, plant, and other species. This continuing education will help to preserve these areas while increasing awareness of biodiversity around campus.
The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies owns 10,880 acres of forestland in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are managed by the School Forests Program. The largest single piece of land, the Yale Myers Forest comprises almost 8000 acres and is managed as a sustainable working forest. It is used for educational purposes and managed for ecosystem services. Extensive information can be found at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies website, below.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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