GW is home to a variety of urban species that revitalize our campus plantings and green spaces which are utilized and appreciated by the community. As a research university and a community of change-makers, it is our responsibility to understand our campus ecology and cultivate a more conducive environment for its success. Sustainable GW and faculty have been working together to compile a database for GW's campus biodiversity levels across eight different taxa with a focus on insects and plants. As GW continues its efforts in sustainable grounds and biocontrol methods for plant maintenance, the collection of baseline data allows us to define a metric to measure progress, target areas of priority, define areas of "living labs", and complete our goal of increasing biodiversity. iNaturalist has proven to be a useful, open source tool for biodiversity analyses of plants and animals. In addition to the iNaturalist's data, our new effort will sample soil in areas where there will be future changes by the grounds crew to determine the microbial content before and after the plantings. We hope to gain knowledge on which plant species will assist in creating a thriving microbial community that will assist in soil health.
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