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色中色 Ranks Third in 2023 Sustainable Campus Index

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色中色 has been recognized as a top performer in the , securing the third position among baccalaureate institutions. The index, published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), acknowledges institutions鈥 sustainability efforts, as measured through the (STARS).

STARS assesses environmental, social, and economic sustainability across the higher education landscape. Colgate鈥檚 leap from seventh to third place is a reflection of the university鈥檚 comprehensive approach to sustainability, which led it to become the first higher education institution in New York State to achieve carbon neutrality.

Key accomplishments include the construction of LEED-certified buildings, including two LEED Gold buildings (Burke and Pinchin halls) and one LEED Platinum building (Benton Hall). Benton Hall鈥檚 sustainable design in particular has earned it numerous accolades, including New York State鈥檚 Green Building of the Year award in 2019.

Through the Third-Century Sustainability Plan, Colgate has also made significant strides in reducing its carbon footprint by implementing low-carbon energy technologies, retiring fuel oil heating systems, upgrading lighting, and conducting HVAC repairs. These efforts have collectively led to a more than 50% reduction in Colgate鈥檚 campus carbon footprint since 2017.

Going beyond infrastructure improvements, Colgate has integrated sustainability into its curriculum, with more than 12% of courses focused on or inclusive of sustainability. Colgate鈥檚 sustainability intern program, Sustainability Passport program, Green Bikes program, and other green initiatives have all contributed to its high STARS rating.

鈥淭he University鈥檚 STARS rating is a reflection of Colgate鈥檚 commitment to sustainability, from student leaders to senior leadership,鈥 stated John Pumilio, director of sustainability. 鈥淲hile there is always room for improvement and our work is ongoing, Colgate鈥檚 impressive rating illustrates our role as a leader in higher education.鈥

In addition to providing recognition, the AASHE STARS data collection process engages staff, interns, and members of the Sustainability Council throughout the campus community. 

鈥淚nterns in the Office of Sustainability are the driving force behind the extensive data collection for the STARS report, as well as our annual greenhouse gas inventory,鈥 explained Assistant Director of Sustainability Julia Sparks. 鈥淥ver the past 13 years, the Sustainability Interns have also been responsible for the transformation of campus sustainability engagement through peer-to-peer programs, including S-Reps, Green Bikes, Student Sustainability Council, Oak Events Certification, and the Climate Conversations PE course.鈥 

This engagement from the entire Colgate community ensures that sustainability remains a top priority in daily operations and decision-making. Moreover, STARS offers a comprehensive overview of Colgate鈥檚 sustainability program, allowing the University to identify both its strengths and areas for further improvement.

Meghan Fay Zahniser, executive director of AASHE, commended Colgate saying, 鈥淏y fostering sustainable practices and initiatives, you set an inspiring example for your peers and future generations.鈥

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