Campus News

September 1, 2010

Take Note

STARS tracks sustainability efforts

Emory joins a new program to track and rated its sustainability efforts.

As a charter member of the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), Emory’s department of Sustainability Initiatives will work within the program’s framework “to determine whether we are meeting widely-accepted high standards for sustainability,” according to Ciannat Howett, Emory’s director of sustainability initiatives.

The STARS reporting program tracks a college or university’s sustainability performance in three overall areas: education and research; operations; and planning, administration and engagement.

“In the past several years, there has been a proliferation of sustainability surveys and rankings by many publications and organizations,” Howett notes, adding “STARS ratings criteria are transparent and accessible to all, and the ratings include credits related to Emory’s social, economic and environmental performance – the triple bottom line of sustainability.  STARS criteria are high standards for sustainability practices that provide all institutions reach goals that ensure continuous improvement.”

The program is open to all higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

See more information on STARS.

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