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Wooster Earns STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Based on comprehensive assessment of efforts across campus

18 December, 2013 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster has received a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), is a program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

The STARS program involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university's sustainability performance in three areas: education and research; operations; and planning, administration and engagement. Wooster's report took a full year to assemble, an effort coordinated by S.B. Loder, the college's sustainability coordinator.

"STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing sustainability efforts," said AASHE Executive Director Wendy Scott. "The College of Wooster has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts."

"The STARS survey has been an invaluable tool in collecting data relevant to all the sustainability work we do here at The College of Wooster," said President Grant Cornwell. "We are proud to have achieved this recognition, and look forward to further improving our sustainability efforts in the future."

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.

The College of Wooster is America's premier college for mentored undergraduate research. By working one-on-one with a faculty adviser to conceive, organize, and complete an original research project, written work, performance or art exhibit, every Wooster student develops independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.