Notre Dame receives gold rating for sustainability achievements

STARS gold seal

The University of Notre Dame has earned a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Greater Training. Scoring a 68.52 by means of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), Notre Dame improved its sustainability score by 17.25 points above three many years.

Previously reaching a silver rating in 2011, this year’s gold rating places Notre Dame amongst the prime 13 percent of far more than 300 reporting institutions across the world and the highest rated of the nine participating schools in Indiana.

“Our achievement of a STARS gold rating is a consequence of a campus-wide dedication to sustainability. This recognition supports our ongoing efforts over the last handful of years and reinforces our continued commitment to sustainability,” explained John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president.

STARS, a nationally acknowledged sustainability benchmarking device, will take into account achievements across the places of operations, academics and engagement as nicely as organizing and administration. Making use of data from departments across the university such as Food Services, Utilities, Analysis and Human Resources, the rating represents a campus-broad commitment to the objectives set out in Notre Dame’s Sustainability Method.

Main contributors to this year’s upgrade include an boost in the variety of departments conducting sustainability-focused analysis, an enhance in the high quality and amount of sustainable developing design and style and building, and a reduction in the total amount of greenhouse fuel emissions developed across campus.

The report is compiled every three years by Notre Dame’s Office of Sustainability. The office operates all through the University to reduce emissions, conserve resources and boost awareness of sustainability. Because its creation in 2008, the workplace has doubled the University’s recycling rate to 43 %, decreased the carbon footprint by 37 % and worked during the University to entirely certify three divisions and 27 offices as Green Offices.

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Contact: Dana Bakirtjy, Workplace of Sustainability, 574-631-1187,

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