UNC Pembroke has earned a STARS Bronze 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.
UNC Pembroke’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website: https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/university-of-north-carolina-pembroke-nc/report/2016-02-12/
“We are now one of twenty-two universities in North Carolina to have successfully participated in the STARS program. Earning a STARS Bronze Rating demonstrates our commitment to operating sustainably and creates a solid baseline, from which to manage future progress,” said Jay Blauser, sustainability director at UNC Pembroke.
With more than 680 participants on six continents, 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 four overall areas: 1) operations 2) academics, 3) engagement, and 4) planning administration.
“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “UNC Pembroke has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Bronze 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.
“UNC Pembroke places a high value on sustainability, and I’m proud our campus is receiving this well-deserved recognition,” said Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings. “We look forward to continued progress as good stewards of our natural, human and financial resources.”