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GVSU earns top rating on international sustainability index

Grand Valley was again rated a top performer on the 2022 Sustainable Campus Index, earning gold status from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

The association uses a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) to gauge the nation's colleges and universities on all sectors of sustainability.

Grand Valley finished second among master's institutions, the same ranking as 2021. View details about Grand Valley's STARS report online.

Yumi Jakobcic, director of the Office of Sustainability Practices, said the rating recognizes the many people on campus who are committed to sustainability.

"It's such an honor to be rated highly in the index," Jakobcic said. "It’s also very exciting for our office because we often hear that students want to attend a school that cares about the environment, and this is one way for us to get that reassurance that we are serving students the best that we can."

With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, 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 five overall areas: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership.


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