Oct. 24, 2016

The University of Washington has been featured by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as a top performer in AASHE's 2016 Sustainable Campus Index.

The UW was recognized as a top-5 university in the categories of transportation and food & dining, as well as a featured highlight for investment practices. UW is also the fourth-highest scoring university overall in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) administered by AASHE. There are 285 universities which currently have a STARS rating, with 96 earning a gold rating.

AASHE’s Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 different sustainability categories, as measured by STARS. The top performers in each category were determined by points earned by institutions in STARS, and AASHE staff also selected best practices and innovative efforts reported by the institutions for the featured highlights.

The STARS ratings, administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, are good for three years. The UW submitted its most recent self-reported assessment in 2015 and received a gold rating, with a score of 77.47 percent.

"Our STARS gold rating is testimony of the commitment and dedication of UW's students, faculty and staff. UW continues to lead other higher education institutions with sustainability leadership, and we strive to continue on this tradition through support and encouragement of collaborations taking place across our campus with leading edge discovery, operations and teaching," said associate vice president of UW Sustainability Ruth Johnston when the UW received its gold rating.

All STARS reports are publicly available. The University of Washington's report can be viewed here, and the full 2016 Sustainable Campus Index can be downloaded as a PDF here.