By Jenna Riemenschneider
Yesterday, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) released the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI). The SCI recognizes “top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas.” For the third year in a row, George Washington University was recognized both as a top-performer in the research impact area and as a gold performer overall. Having pursued all possible research credits and receiving a score of 100%, GW was joined as a top-performer by only ten other colleges and universities, including Columbia University and Stanford University.
AASHE uses a self-reporting framework called STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, to measure the sustainability performance of higher education institutions. Last year, 445 colleges and universities in 10 countries submitted 768 STARS reports to AASHE for evaluation. The Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Collaborative are already working hard to prepare this year’s report highlighting the university’s continued excellence in sustainability. To learn more about AASHE and our past efforts and submissions, check out this blog written by former Sustainability Collaborative research assistant Ellis Palmieri.