Stanford renews top score in sustainability ranking

This month, Stanford renewed its Platinum rating through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), with a score of 88%. This score is more than two percentage points higher than Stanford’s score in 2017 when Stanford submitted its last report and earned its first Platinum rating.

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Courtesy of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

The score increase is primarily driven by the university’s expanded renewable energy portfolio, the establishment of a sustainability literacy assessment through My Cardinal Green and improved waste diversion initiatives coupled with a decrease in landfill waste.

In addition to the Platinum ranking, Stanford also performed well in AASHE’s Sustainability Campus Index, which recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas. Stanford ranked in the following categories:

  • First, overall, for doctoral/research institutions (compared to #2 in 2016)
  • First (11-way tie) for Research (same as 2016)
  • First, (2-way tie) for Water (same as 2016)
  • First, for Diversity & Affordability (compared to #3 in 2016)
  • Third, for Energy (new in 2017)
  • Fourth, for Campus Engagement, with My Cardinal Green included as a highlight (new this year)

Learn more about STARS Platinum Rating for Stanford University here.

And to learn more about Stanford’s commitment to sustainability, check out the Sustainable Stanford website.