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April 4, 2022
MILWAUKEE — Marquette has received a STARS Bronze rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements 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.
Marquette’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website.
The STARS program is a self-reporting rating system which looks at 500 data points to assess an organization’s progress in five overall areas: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership. Marquette last submitted a report in 2013.
“The STARS reporting process offers a great opportunity for universities like ours to see what they are doing well, where we are close and what areas we need to make more investment in,” said Chelsea Malacara, sustainability & energy management coordinator. “Since Marquette’s last report submission, so much of the criteria has changed. We now have a new baseline for moving forward and can set new targets and strategies to advance sustainability that is weaved within the strategic plan as it is today.”
Among the stronger areas for Marquette was diversity and affordability, campus and public engagement, and our undergraduate and graduate programs. These areas recognized the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as campus engagement initiatives such as the Sustainable Marquette Employee Resource Group and sustainability internship program, as well as the Environmental Studies major and Environmental Law degree.
“This report demonstrated a lot of bright spots in our ongoing sustainability efforts. Our goal is to continue to engage the campus community on these issues, get folks reinvigorated, and empower people across campus to lead in their own departments. It would be impossible for just one person to lead the way to change,” Malacara added.
Marquette improving sustainability across campus
The STARS rating acknowledges Marquette’s comprehensive efforts to improve sustainability and reduce the university’s carbon footprint. Such improvements — led primarily by Facilities Planning and Management — align with one of the Society of Jesus’ Universal Apostolic Preferences, “To collaborate in the care of our Common Home,” and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.
Following are just a few of the recent ways Marquette is working toward a more sustainable future:
Learn more about Marquette’s sustainability efforts online.
About AASHE’s STARS program
With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, 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. Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.
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 the STARS program, visit stars.aashe.org.
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