A university striving for campus-wide sustainability was awarded a gold rating in a higher education program developed to benchmark industry initiatives.
Grand Valley State University said last month that it received a gold rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, or STARS, which is a program by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
The STARS program is a self-reporting framework for colleges to measure performance in sustainability and is intended to engage and recognize academic institutions in varying levels of progress. The program, which includes more than 900 self-assessment questions, requires each submission to have an accompanying letter from the academic institution’s president or highest-ranking executive to promote data accuracy.
There are 209 current participants in the program, including Aquinas College, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, which was awarded a silver rating.
GVSU is the only school in the state to receive a gold rating.