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Kudos - Great Lakes Colleges

Dec 30, 2019 09:01AM
Great Lakes colleges fared well on separate lists from two prestigious magazines that ranked the top green colleges of the U.S. and Canada. The Sierra Club ranked five Great Lakes colleges in its top 100—SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (#3), Grand Valley State University (#59), Michigan State University (#66), University of Michigan (#71) and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (#92). The Princeton Review ranked three—SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (#2), Michigan State University (#19) and Grand Valley State University (#38).

Both publications use the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), which comes from Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, as criteria for their rankings. Schools must have a valid STARS 2.0 or 2.1 rating of bronze, silver, gold or platinum to be considered in the ranking on both lists. The STARS rating is used by more than 800 schools in 30 countries. Participants report achievements in academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership.