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Purchase Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Purchase College submitted its first STARS Report this year that received a Silver Rating, joining other member institutions with robust sustainability programs.

Purchase, NY– Purchase College has earned a STARS Silver 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. 

Purchase’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website or on Collaborate.

With more than 800 participants in 30 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: 1) academics 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Purchase has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver 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.

“We are very proud to have achieved a STARS rating for our sustainability accomplishments. We look forward to the opportunity to continually benchmark our sustainability efforts and improve through the STARS program to advance campus sustainability,” said Angie Kim, Sustainability Coordinator.

This is the first official STARS report completed and submitted by Purchase College. The college has a long history of sustainability, dating back to 2007 when President Tom Schwarz signed onto the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) as an original signatory. This commitment set the tone for a sustainability standard on campus where in the following Strategic Plan, it was one of the four main directives leading the college. Since 2007, there have been many advances to campus sustainability and the college continues to work on mitigating our environmental impact. 

About AASHE:

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.  It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. For more information about AASHE, visit www.aashe.org.

For more information about the STARS program, visit stars.aashe.org.