U of M gets Gold STARS
A decade or more of University of Minnesota sustainability initiatives have been recognized with a Gold rating from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. AASHE’s STARS — Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System —program measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
“We have made a concerted effort to incorporate sustainability into teaching, research, outreach and the operations that support them,” said University president Eric Kaler in a press release. “As one of the country’s largest land-grant institutions, we are honored to participate in and be recognized by STARS.”
Several programs of the U’s Institute on the Environment contributed to the rating, including theSustainability Studies Minor, Boreas Leadership Program and Global Landscapes Initiative. IonE’s Mini Grants, Discovery Grants and Fellowship Grants were recognized as supporting sustainability-related research and activities. The U’s Grand Challenge Curriculum, which included several IonE-developed courses last year, also added weight to the rating.
“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” AASHE executive director Meghan Fay Zahniser said in the press release. “The University of Minnesota has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”
Read the full press release.
Photo by Patrick O’Leary, U of M photo library.