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Portland State earns Gold rating for sustainable practices
Author: Campus Sustainability Office
Posted: March 19, 2014

Portland State University (PSU) earned a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of the institution’s pursuit of sustainable practices, policies, and education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. 

During the last decade, sustainability has increasingly become an area of excellence and leadership at Portland State University. Since founding the Campus Sustainability Office in 2002, establishing the Institute for Sustainable Solutions in 2006 and committing to carbon neutrality through a Climate Action Plan in 2010, PSU has continued to pursue aggressive sustainability goals across campus. This is the second STARS Gold rating achieved by Portland State, following an initial STARS Gold achievement in 2011. 

“While we held steady with Gold, we significantly improved our score this year,” said Jenny McNamara, sustainability manager at Portland State. “It’s extremely gratifying to see that the work of the Campus Sustainability Office and our partners across campus is continuing to improve our overall performance as an institution leading the way on sustainable practices. In addition, the process itself is a valuable tool for highlighting areas that we can continue to improve.”

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said Stephanie Herrera, executive director of AASHE. “Portland State has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

For more information about Portland State’s score, view this presentation: