Fall 2013


HSU Earns Silver STARS Rating for Sustainability

HSU received a silver STARS rating in May, reaffirming its place as a top college for sustainability. The self-reporting system is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Education, or AASHE.
STARS was a much-needed step in assessing the university’s sustainability practices and commitment to environmental responsibility,” said HSU’s Sustainability Coordinator Tall Chief Comet. “It gives the university a great starting point from which to improve its practices.”

STARS is a comprehensive self-assessment tool that awards credits in three categories: education and research, operations and planning and administration and engagement. Institutions receive a rating of bronze, silver, gold or platinum. A STARS rating remains in effect for three years, after which point institutions may renew their assessment.

Over the next few years, HSU will take a series of steps to improve its assessment. The Office of Sustainability will work with campus departments to increase the university’s score in each of the three assessment categories. This fall, Comet and others will identify potential areas for improvement.

Once campuswide changes have been implemented, the university will renew its assessment. “I believe it’s realistically achievable for us to receive a gold rating by 2016,” Comet said.

HSU is one of only six schools in the 23-campus California State University system to participate in STARS. Of the six CSU campuses, Monterey Bay is the only school to have earned a gold.
Nationwide, 65 schools have earned bronze, 132 silver and 47 gold. No schools have earned platinum. For more information on STARS, visit stars.aashe.org.

HSU upholds its commitment to sustainability through several green programs and initiatives. Most recently, the university was named one of Princeton Review’s green colleges for 2013.

More: Humboldt.edu/green