Awards & Rankings

GW provides data and responses to various sustainability survey rating bodies. Please find links to the publicly available survey results below. GW was proud to receive Gold in our first STARS submission in 2014.

STARS Rating - Gold

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities—from community colleges to research universities, and from institutions just starting their sustainability programs to long-time campus sustainability leaders. STARS encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability.


Sierra Cool Schools - Ranked 12

The Cool Schools ranking is an index that provides fair, comparative information about the most important elements of campus sustainability. Sierra’s researchers determine the numbers and order when they evaluate schools' survey responses via a scoring key developed to emphasize the Sierra Club's environmental priorities.


The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. The profiles in the guide give college applicants information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and stats.



Best Colleges - 2015

This list from names the 39 U.S. colleges and universities that have earned the highest STARS ratings, thereby distinguishing themselves as the nation’s greenest schools. Our goal with this list is to spotlight the schools that have launched the most impactful initiatives to reduce on-campus waste and energy consumption, promote alternative transportation, provide funding to student and faculty-led green proposals, and take other measures to benefit the environment

  • 2015
  • 2016


Sustainable Endowments Institute Green Report Card  (Discontinued in 2011)

The Report Card is designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability. The aim is to provide accessible information for schools to learn from one another's experiences, enabling them to establish more effective sustainability policies.