Sterling has earned a STARS Gold Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
This is Sterling College’s first time participating in STARS. The College’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website.
“With forty years as a pioneer in environmental stewardship education, Sterling has always had at its core a deep commitment to sustainability,” said President Matthew Derr. “The community can rightly be proud that in our first year of participation, Sterling was recognized with a STARS Gold Rating, but most importantly, that we recognize and are preparing graduates to address the critical challenges facing the natural world and humanity in the 21st century.”
With more than 650 participants on six continents, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in four overall areas: 1) operations 2) academics, 3) engagement and 4) planning and administration.
“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Sterling College has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”
Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS Rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.