AASHE Releases STARS 3.0

AASHE released the latest version of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a transparent, self-reporting framework that enables colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS version 3.0 features more robust indicators of racial equity and social justice, streamlined, performance-based credits, and increased global accessibility. Two related webinars are happening in July; see Events section below.

THE Releases 2024 Impact Rankings

Times Higher Education's recently released Impact Rankings aim to recognize Sustainable Development Goal progress within the higher education sector. The 2024 findings include evaluations from 2,152 universities spanning 125 countries/regions.

U Pennsylvania Announces Climate Science, Policy & Action VP Role

The inaugural vice provost for Climate Science, Policy, and Action will advance scholarship and training for future leaders, and will work with academic centers and programs to accelerate implementation of the campus-wide Climate and Sustainability Action Plan.

Santa Clara U Publishes Sustainability & Justice Action Plan

The university's new plan, Sustainable SCU: Leading Through Laudato Si', includes five key areas–academics, campus engagement, community engagement, energy, and resource use. Differing from previous plans, this one seeks to integrate the principles of environmental and social justice into university efforts.

Dartmouth College Announces Climate Collaborative

The Dartmouth Climate Collaborative is comprehensive program to address climate change through academic enterprises, campus operations and community engagement. As part of the initiative, the university will invest over $500 million over five years in improvements to campus infrastructure. It also launched the Climate Futures Initiative, a year-long effort to identify opportunities to drive climate scholarship and solutions.

U Connecticut Publishes Sustainability Action Plan

The recently published UConn Sustainability Action Plan delineates specific actions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 with the goal of being entirely carbon zero by 2040, conserve resources, integrate sustainability across the university’s academic and research activities, ensure equity and engagement, and establish partnerships and support innovation to address sustainability challenges.