Eureka College has been recognized for what a news release is calling sustainability achievements.
Eureka has earned a STARS bronze rating 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, said the news release.
"We are very proud to have achieved a STARS rating for our sustainability accomplishments and I look forward to watching our efforts grow and improve with the support of our amazing administration," said Dr. Katy Everett, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sustainability Committee Chair, through the release.
This is the first time Eureka College has submitted a full report on the sustainability of its campus, although the college has been a member of AASHE for four years.
"Eureka College is committed to sustainable practices as evident in our Eureka College values and our 10 Essentials curriculum,” said Eureka College Provost Dr. Ann Fulop in the news release. “This award is due to the effort and commitment of Dr. Katy Everett and her students to work with the entire college community to complete the STARS assessment and to continue to move the college into a sustainable future.”
AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future, according to the news release. The group’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation, according to the news release.
AAHSE’s STARS programs cites having over 800 participating colleges and universities in 30 countries.
The program, the news release said, is open to all higher education institutions.
Everett, Eureka senior Kaitlyn Hild and 2019 graduate Riley Francis were also selected to present at the AASHE’s annual conference in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 27-30.