Mason Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Posted: August 24, 2011 at 1:11 pm

In recognition of its sustainability achievements, Mason has received a Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

Mason is one of only two universities in Virginia and 38 nationwide to have received this distinction.

STARS is a program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. This reporting is part of Mason’s ongoing commitment to local and global stewardship that began in 2007 with Mason President Alan Merten’s signature on the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Mason has committed to become climate neutral by 2050.

“As one of the largest institutions in Northern Virginia, and one of the largest and most diverse public universities in the state, Mason has a responsibility to promote sustainable practices for the benefit of the university, surrounding communities, the region and the world,” says Merten. “The score is a testament of the progress we have made in sustainability,” he adds.

“Mason is undergoing a remarkably rapid transformation toward sustainability,” notes Dann Sklarew, Mason’s fellow of sustainability studies.

Mason identified strengths in numerous areas, including offering academic degrees and continuing education in sustainability, maintaining its campuses in a sustainable manner, incorporating sustainability into its strategic plans and partnering with the local community in sustainability efforts.

Mason Sustainability Manager Lenna Storm says, “We’ve come so far in just four years’ time, and scored higher than any of us expected to score.”

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