Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.79
Liaison Lindsay Crum
Submission Date Aug. 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Yale University
IN-50: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Lindsay Crum
Senior Manager, Data Analysis and Program Management
Yale Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Bird Collision Avoidance

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

As part of Yale's High-Performance Design Standards, a requirement around bird collision avoidance was developed. The purpose of the standard is outlined as follows: "To reduce bird deaths caused by collisions with buildings, balancing use of façade glass and bird friendly design. Windows are considered to be one of the largest sources of direct human-caused mortality for birds in North America. Glass, whether reflective or clear, is effectively invisible to birds. Birds collide with windows because they are trying to fly into the habitats they see beyond or reflected by the glass. It is estimated that across the United States, between 365 and 988 million birds are killed annually by collisions with buildings. [footnote: reference study cited by the American Bird Conservancy]. At
Yale University, bird collisions occur often, and mitigation is a concern."

Project design teams are required to complete an analysis of the building site to determine potential risks of bird mortality.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Buildings
Grounds
Biodiversity

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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