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Enhancing Biological Diversity at the University at Albany: A Framework for Addressing Current Policies and Integrating Campus Curriculum, Operations, Research and Engagement
by Drasser, Cassidy L., M.S., State University of New York at Albany, 2018, 91; 10841038
Abstract (Summary)

The uptown campus of the University at Albany was constructed in the 1960s with the vision of being a state of the art academic center with modern architecture that features a symmetric and concrete aesthetic. While architect Durell Stone envisioned a walkable and carless podium, this did not completely come into fruition. The University at Albany uptown campus is located adjacent to a federally unique and globally rare ecosystem and National Natural Landmark, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, and the campus lands historically hosted a network of pine barrens ecosystems, including forests, fields and wetlands. The University at Albany has the ability to enhance biological diversity in the current habitat areas on campus by integrating policies, curriculum, operations, research and engagement practices that will facilitate biodiversity enrichment and stewardship. This paper provides a framework to address and prioritize current policy issues and operations that affect the campus’ biodiversity and can be used as a tool to guide future methods and policy decisions. It outlines how Campus as a Living Laboratory projects, student research, sustainable landscaping, Citizen Science, campus designations and creating operational plans can together enhance biodiversity on campus. This can be done by engaging and collaborating with Facilities Management, faculty from various academic departments, students and community partners on projects that offer applied learning opportunities that address local biodiversity, pollinator health, stormwater management, carbon footprint, energy efficiency and resiliency.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Robinson, George
Commitee: Mallia, Mary Ellen
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Biological Sciences
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Conservation biology, Environmental management, Sustainability
Keywords: Biological diversity, Campus as a Living Laboratory, Green infrastructure, Pollinator health, Stormwater management, Sustainable landscaping
Publication Number: 10841038
ISBN: 978-0-438-24111-4
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