Catawba College Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Catawba College has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability work from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

Catawba’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website at

“Catawba College is thrilled to have been awarded a silver rating by AASHE on our initial STARS Report filing,” said Brad Ives, Catawba’s Center for the Environment Director. “This ranking recognizes the College’s long commitment to sustainability and the environment across our academics, operations, and community engagement as well as our ambition to be one of the nation’s best environmental colleges. We look forward to making more exciting announcements about our commitment to improving the environment and preparing our graduates to be the leaders our planet needs for its future.”

Catawba has a deeply rooted commitment to sustainability and is weaving additional efforts throughout its new strategic plan. They plan to achieve a STARS Gold rating in the next few years.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Catawba College has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. It has more than 900 participants in 40 countries and is open to all institutions of higher education. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) Academics; 2) Engagement; 3) Operations; 4) Planning and Administration; and 5) Innovation and Leadership.

About AASHE:

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.  It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. For more information about AASHE, visit

For more information about the STARS program, visit

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