The University of Utah has received numerous awards over the years for our sustainability initiatives. The Office of Sustainability is responsible for preparing and submitting key sustainability metrics for national surveys and rating organizations. Thanks to the on-going efforts of the campus community to advance sustainability, the University continues to move forward in many areas and receive recognition from national organizations.
The University of Utah participates in the STARS program which encourages data collection to measure sustainability performance in all aspects of higher education. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities and is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The STARS instrument encompasses the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. The Office of Sustainability worked with staff from across campus to complete the STARS assessment tool. Institutions earn points in three main categories: 1) Education & Research, 2) Operations, and 3) Planning, Administration & Engagement. Each of these categories includes subcategories such as Purchasing, Curriculum, Energy and Human Resources. In 2011, we completed the rigorous Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) reporting tool and achieved a Bronze rating. The President has given the institution a goal of achieving a Gold Rating in 2014 when we next do the assessment.
Award recipient in 2012, 2011 and 2010
The University of Utah was improving our grade each year with the Sustainable Endowments Institute but that organization no longer provides assessment scores.