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Frostburg State University Achieves STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Efforts
07/22/2013

Frostburg State University Achieves STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Efforts

FROSTBURG, Md. – Frostburg State University has achieved a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability efforts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

AASHE’s STARS program is the only one of its kind that involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in three overall areas: 1) education and research, 2) operations and 3) planning, administration and engagement.

“I’m proud of our campus community for ensuring that we achieved a STARS Silver Rating through their tireless efforts and ongoing commitment to sustainability at Frostburg,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “Through the accurate and up-to-date data provided in this assessment, we demonstrate we’ve made sustainability a high priority and significant part of our institutional culture, something that is manifested through our educational programs, practices and facilities. We look forward to watching our sustainability efforts grow and improve through the STARS program.”

Frostburg’s STARS Silver rating is its latest achievement in maintaining its commitment to sustainability. Guided by a Climate Action Plan established in 2009, the University’s Learning Green, Living Green sustainability initiative committee and a faculty-led Sustainability Studies Committee, which oversees FSU’s interdisciplinary sustainability studies minor, have spearheaded a number of campus projects, including organizing an array of educational events and lectures focusing on environmental education and leadership and producing “#Sustain,” the magazine on sustainability completely written and edited by FSU students.

FSU is also home to a wind-solar-energy system, the completely off-grid Sustainable Energy Research Facility, and a LEED Gold-certified student union. FSU was twice recognized in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges,” which highlights institutions that have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability through their campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

“I look at STARS as a template that FSU can use to build sustainability into the fabric of the University,” said Lawrence Gingerich, FSU’s safety and sustainability coordinator. “Everyone at Frostburg can look at the STARS information and find areas where their activities have helped already or can help in future efforts. You can see that FSU has come a long way as an institution based on the STARS information, but you can also see where FSU could be in the future.”

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland. “Frostburg State University has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

This program is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, 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.

To learn more about FSU’s focus on sustainability, visit www.frostburg.edu/lglg or email lglg@frostburg.edu, or become a fan of the “Learning Green, Living Green at FSU (LGLG)” Facebook page at facebook.com/frostburglglg.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit http://www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow the University on Twitter @frostburgstate.

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. For more information about AASHE, visit www.aashe.org. For more information about the STARS program, visit stars.aashe.org. -end-

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