Stanford U Renews STARS Platinum Rating

Points of distinction in Stanford University's recently published STARS Platinum report include its new School of Sustainability, which merges several existing schools and departments and is anticipated to hire 60 new faculty over the next 10 years; its zero waste by 2030 initiative; and the One Plate, One Planet dining program, which seeks to support climate-smart dining, racial equity, and thriving oceans while curbing deforestation and catalyzing a circular economy within the food system

U California Merced Earns STARS Platinum

Points of distinction in the University of California, Merced's recently published STARS report, earning the institution its inaugural STARS Platinum rating, include achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions for scopes 1 and 2, and the completion of 11 campus facilities, each of which was certified to LEED Platinum standards.

Bowdoin College Releases Decarbonization Plan

The college's recently released clean-energy plan calls for investing a minimum of $100 million in campus infrastructure between now and 2037 with the goal of utilizing carbon-free clean energy by 2042. Additionally, the plan builds on existing academic, research, curriculum and career-training opportunities to advance student and faculty learning and innovation in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability.

U Southern California to Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Beverage Bottles

The university recently committed to eliminate single-use plastic beverage bottles by transitioning to beverage container alternatives, including glass and aluminum, and encouraging the use of water-bottle filling stations, water coolers/dispensers and water fountains.

U California Los Angeles Publishes Sustainability Plan

UCLA’s new sustainability plan, which includes input and feedback from more than 1,000 community members, includes specific initiatives related to sustainable transportation, climate, food systems, water and zero waste, among others. It highlights the intersections of planetary and human health, and begins the work to ensure that equity, diversity, inclusion and justice are integrated into campus sustainability policies and programs.