With 1,398 trees belonging to 64 endemic and indigenous species surrounding the University's 27-hectare campus, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas is indeed considered an urban biodoversity corridor, home to 34 different species of birds including the endemic Philippine scops-owl and the vulnerable Java sparrow, listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Rare species of butterflies like the Swallowtail and the Magellan Birdwing also roam freely around the Botanical Garden and its nearby environs, undisturbed by a community that cherishes their habitat and respects their freedom.
In a campus that promotes sustainability, conservation and preservation of nature, Lasallians benefit by witnessing the result of this thriving ecosystem for wildlife. As the University protects its rich biodiversity, Lasallians are also priviledged to enjoy a microclimate that is two degrees cooler than the temperature outside of campus, even during the hot summer months, a testament to the natural wonders for caring for Mother Nature.
The University was conferred the Academic Center of Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation in Southern Tagalog Faunal Region by the Haribon Foundation.
DLSU-D was granted Dark Green School status by the Philippine Network of Educators for the Environment, the first school to receive the honor. The accreditation was given to the DLSU-D for integrating "green" practices in the University's mission, curriculum, research, guidelines and practices.
DLSU-D's sustainable practices and rich biodiversity propelled it ahead of 15 regional finalists to win the PLDT-SMART National Search for Most Sustainable and Eco-friendly School in the Philippines, a competition co sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
DLSU-D's overall thrusts towards sustainability made it the top Philippine school Universitas Indonesia's Greenmetric Global Ranking. The university ranks 600 participating schools in the world based on several metrics including sustainable campus development, climate change initiatives, waste management, use of renewable energy, research and education, water and transportation. The University also maintains its position in the top 13 percent of sustainable campuses in the world.