GW’s campus grounds achieves top spot in recent sustainability report

November 11, 2020

The Sustainable Campus Index, an annual publication by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 sustainability impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)

The George Washington University, Chatham University and Cascadia College tied for the top spot for sustainable grounds.  In the last year GW has [Insert 2-3 examples of progress made on improving the grounds. It is fine to reuse the information actually provided to AASHE in the STARS report].

STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework developed by AASHE for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. With over 1,000 participating institutions, STARS is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance. All reports are publicly accessible on the STARS website.

This latest ranking is another step in the university’s progress towards being a carbon neutral school by 2030 and then neutralize all historic emissions since the university’s founding in 1821 and follows the university’s June pledge to not make any new investments in businesses that derive the majority of their revenue from the extraction of fossil fuels and agreed to eliminate 100 percent of all such investments from its endowment over the next five years.