Cornell has earned a second platinum sustainability rating – the highest possible– from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Cornell is the only Ivy league institution to have achieved a platinum rating, and one of just two in the world to have achieved the accolade twice.
AASHE manages the reporting tool STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System), a comprehensive rating and assessment tool with over 1,000 points of data on education & engagement, campus operations, diversity & equity, and sustainability governance approaches.
“A platinum rating is something everyone at Cornell can be proud of,” said assistant director of campus sustainability Sarah Brylinsky.
“Sustainability is a process, not a destination. Our facilities staff, faculty, and most importantly, students, are setting a national example of how we create a culture of sustainability innovation.”
“But, a high rating doesn’t mean our work is done,” noted Brylinsky. “We should use STARS to identify areas of improvement and continue to share our successes and learn from other high-performing Universities.”
Cornell was prominently featured as a top-performing institution in the organization’s 2021 Sustainable Campus Index, coming in first in New York State for overall score, and top marks in green building, campus engagement programs, coordination & planning, and sustainability research.
The STARS report is the foundation for other national and public sustainability rankings, such as the Sierra Club’s Cool Schools and the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll.