When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Terrace 124
James H. Graves. 2012. Biodiversity conservation as a sustainability program on the college campus: Measures of Natural Capital. A Faculty Colloquium presentation on sabbatical research, October 10, 2012
Abstract: Sustainability has become part of the mission of many colleges and universities. A rapidly growing number of schools measure their progress using the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), launched in 2010. Similarly, conservation of biological diversity has become a major motivation for science, directed toward sustainable ecosystems and their services, species, and populations. In 2000 the Gran Canaria Declaration concluded that two thirds of Earth’s plant species are in danger of extinction by 2100, and in 2002 the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation summarized the drivers of species decline and recommended urgent action. This spring I examined how sustainability programs engage plant conservation. At faculty colloquium I will review drivers of species decline and initiatives that address those declines, describe how STARS assigns credit to various drivers of species decline identified in the Global Strategy, and identify new initiatives to better implement the Global Strategy and make species conservation part of the lexicon of natural capital and sustainability on campus.