How to Make Your College Campus More Sustainable
Higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to lead on climate solutions. Every day, colleges and universities have opportunities to engage their students, staff, and the local community in sustainability efforts. Some of the most successful and innovative of those efforts are highlighted in a new report by one of our partners,The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
This annual review features best practices and success stories from 105 institutions worldwide (including 94 in the U.S.). Participants were ranked using the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS), a self-reporting framework that helps institutions measure their sustainability. Some of the top-ranked programs include the Sustainable SITES Initiative landscape certification at Duke University, the apiary at Grand Valley State University, and the sustainable food studies internship program at Middlebury College.
By showing how institutions are tackling climate change and other environmental issues, this report can help inspire higher education leaders to start or improve sustainability programs on their own campuses.
For more tools and resources for engaging your campus on climate solutions, check out our higher education program, Solution Generation.
Highlights from 105 institutions are included in this review, representing each STARS report submitted between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Institutions are categorized by location (U.S., Canada, and other international institutions), with U.S. institutions further categorized by Carnegie institution type. For each highlighted institution, a list of institutional characteristics is included, along with a sustainability-related innovation or best practice story and accompanying STARS credit link.
Our accompanying campus sustainability infographic, This Year’s STARS Ratings, allows individuals to view these innovations and best practices in a dynamic map display, with filtering options for institutional characteristics.
The ratings, innovations, best practices, and images highlighted in this review provide a glimpse into the diverse and amazing work happening on campuses all over the world.
Image: Duke University’s Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden