September 2, 2015

College Undertaking Sustainability Assessment

Guilford is revisiting its STARS certification, a self-assessment used by institutions of higher education to measure environmental sustainability, with the support of President Jane K. Fernandes.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, better known as STARS, is a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The College completed the assessment once before, in 2012, but that score is out of date.

STARS will help Guilford set and meet sustainability goals, foster collaboration and information sharing across campus, and enable the College to compare itself to peers.

The Princeton Review and Sierra Club, among other organizations, consider the results of this process, so it’s another way to highlight the great things Guilford is doing.

Participating in STARS requires a substantial amount of data in four main categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration.

Please be aware that you may receive time-sensitive requests for data, some of which will come from students enrolled in the course ENVS 350 Projects in Sustainability. Thank you in advance for helping with the data collection process.

To learn more about the STARS criteria, visit the STARS Technical Manual. If you have questions about Guilford’s participation in the program, please contact Bronwyn Tucker or David Petree in the Office of Sustainability.