Luther receives silver rating from STARS sustainability program

Originally posted: October 3, 2011

Luther College has received a silver rating in recognition of sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) through the STARS program.

STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

The STARS program is the only one of its kind that involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in three overall areas: education and research, operations and planning, and administration and engagement.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said Paul Rowland AASHE executive director. “Luther College has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS silver rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

“STARS is a comprehensive tracking system that not only asks if (colleges) are doing certain actions related to sustainability, but also requires data and official policies to go with that action in order to receive full credit. We will use this assessment to guide strategic planning for improvements to our sustainability efforts,” said Luther sustainability student worker Calla Olson.

Olson compiled and submitted the Luther data to the STARS program.

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