This week UNH received our rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) program. Though, we’re received awards and recognition before this one really means a lot to us. STARS is the first ranking/rating program for sustainability in higher education that is based on rigorous publicly reported data. The ranking system was created and tested by so many campus across the country that are AASHE members, and the criteria and scoring developed by the experts in the field. So, we know we’ve been held to rigorous standards, judged by our peers, and graded on actual performance data.
We’re very excited to included among the first group of schools to score a gold rating! Like the more familiar LEED for buildings, STARS rates on a scale ranging from bronze to platinum. So far, no campus has rated platinum.
It’s great to be able to review our data and see exactly where we need to expand our programs or push a little harder to achieve the next level. It will be very useful to the Sustainability Academy and the campus as a whole as we plan for the future of sustainability at UNH.Written by Brett.