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FSU to Participate in STARS Rating System as Part of Sustainability Commitment

FROSTBURG, Md. – As part of its commitment to sustainability, Frostburg State University has successfully registered to participate in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), a rating system for sustainability in higher education. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance that was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education with broad participation from the higher education community.

“STARS is a tremendous opportunity for FSU to grow its sustainability initiative in a more focused, informed way, with analysis and feedback in place to direct our efforts,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “It will help our University better determine how we’re doing with sustainability, and pinpoint areas where we can improve.”

STARS is similar to the LEED (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design) green building rating system, but is applied to an entire campus rather than a single building or set of buildings, and evaluates social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. Colleges and universities earn points in three main categories: education and research; operations; and planning, administration and engagement. Each of these categories includes subcategories such as purchasing, curriculum, energy and human resources. There is also an “innovation” category to recognize pioneering practices that aren’t covered by other STARS credits. STARS also provides a venue to share best practices and learn from other institutions.

Select staff and faculty members will be providing FSU with the relevant information to complete the STARS assessment. The goal is to complete STARS and submit information by May 2012.

Find out more about STARS at

To learn more about FSU’s focus on sustainability, visit or e-mail If you are on Facebook, you can also become a fan of the “Learning Green, Living Green at FSU (LGLG)” Facebook page at

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within 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 or

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