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Chatham University Receives STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability Achievements

PITTSBURGH:  In recognition of its sustainability achievements, Chatham University has received STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS is a program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. There are currently 731 institutions participating in the STARS program, and Chatham now holds the fourth-highest score out of all 731 participating institutions across the US and Canada.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland. “Chatham University has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson (Class of ’29), and is today recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability. Chatham has been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review, named in the top 20 of Sierra Magazine’s list of “Cool Schools” and mentioned by Forbes as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the net zero Eden Hall Campus, the first campus in the world built from the ground up for the study of sustainability. Eden Hall is also home to Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability and its undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability and food studies. For more information on sustainability at Chatham, download the Sustainability Awards & Initiatives flyer or visit the Falk School of Sustainability and Office of Sustainability web pages.

AASHE’s STARS program is the only one of its kind that involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in three overall areas: 1) education & research, 2) operations, and 3) planning, administration & engagement. Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, 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.

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.  It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.