North Seattle College has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
North Seattle College’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website. The college continues to strive to incorporate sustainability into the institution, overcoming recent global health, social unrest and environmental crisis. Its efforts encourage collaboration between students, faculty and staff.
“We are proud of our sustainability-related initiatives and value our continued involvement in the STARS program,” said North Seattle College President Dr. Chemene Crawford. “We look forward to watching our sustainability efforts grow and improve in the years to come. This is a priority for us, and it is a meaningful initiative for our students, faculty, staff, and the community we serve.”
With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) academics 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership.
“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “North Seattle College has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”
Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education, 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.