Cornell earns fourth gold STARS

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Carbon free: Jennie Lee ’15 rides a Big Red Bike through Collegetown

Ever striving for improved campus sustainability, Cornell University earned its fourth gold in the annual STARS report.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System – STARS – is a self-reporting tool colleges and universities use to measure progress and compare their green rankings. Cornell scored 68.49 – earning a gold – to become one of 75 schools with that status out of 299 schools for 2014.

Among the highlights, the university’s fleet replaced midsized sedans with 13 Toyota Camrys and eight Toyota Corollas, effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions in that category by 14 percent; and, the Green Office and Green Lab certification program paid positive dividends, as Cornell scored 79.5 within the campus engagement category.

- Blaine Friedlander