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Audubon Cooperative Santuary

eaglesunsetIn 2005 the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System designated the University of Florida as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary,” the first university to achieve this status, and one of 607 such sanctuaries in the world.

"The University of Florida has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program," said Jeremy Taylor, staff ecologist for ACSS, the educational division of Audubon International. "They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on their property. By taking action to implement indoor and outdoor conservation projects, the management and staff at the University of Florida have demonstrated their commitment to the sustainable management of their natural resources."

To achieve the designation, the university had to demonstrate it was maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in five areas: environmental planning, wildlife habitat management, resource conservation, waste management and outreach and education.

The University’s participation in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program began in 2001 with the formation of the ad-hoc Ecology, Conservation and Stewardship Committee (ECOS). The ECOS committee included broad representation from administrative and academic units of the campus with the goal of achieving certification under the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. Original members of the committee were: Fred Cantrell (Office of the VP for Business Affairs), Mark W. Clark (Soil and Water Science Department), Linda Dixon (Facilities Planning and Construction Division), Fred Gratto (Physical Plant Division - Grounds), Mark Hostetler (Department of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation), Erik Lewis (Facilities Planning and Construction), Dave O’Brien (Physical Plant Division), Erick Smith (Physical Plant Division – Urban Forester), Al Stanley (Physical Plant Division – Landscape Architecture), Randall Stocker (Center for Aquatic Plants), Kim Tanzer (School of Architecture) and Jan Weinbrecht (Department of Environmental Horticulture). In 2006, the ECOS committee was restructured and combined with the Lakes and Natural Areas Subcommittee to continue oversight of the ACSS designation. This subcommittee is under the Lakes, Vegetation and Landscaping Committee, a joint committee of the Faculty Senate.