The rating is given by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
UNCG becomes only the third UNC system university to achieve this rating, joining Appalachian State and UNC Chapel Hill.
STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) is the most comprehensive instrument to evaluate and encourage sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Trey McDonald, UNCG sustainability coordinator, said, “We became involved with STARS as a charter participant in 2011, and have used it as our primary metric for sustainability since then. We are extremely proud of our Gold rating this year, as we’ve achieved Silver in our past three ratings. This assessment displays how infusing sustainability into all we do at UNCG can pay off. ”
UNCG also improved its position in the GreenMetric World University Sustainability Ranking, organized by the Universitas Indonesia (UI). UNCG moved up in the rankings from 55th out of 301 schools to 27th out of 360 institutions across the globe. The UI GreenMetric ranks universities by comparing their efforts towards campus sustainability and environmental management. McDonald said, “We are very pleased to be ranked in the top 10 percent of schools worldwide for our sustainability accomplishments. Sustainability is one of the five core values of UNCG and we are committed to leading the effort to create a more sustainable future.”
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Information courtesy April’s UNCG Sustainability newsletter.