Good as Gold: Tech Earns STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability

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Michigan Technological University has received its first STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of the University’s achievements in sustainability.

After being awarded a STARS Silver Rating in 2020, Michigan Tech is one of only five public universities in Michigan to earn gold in 2023. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. The framework offers points in five categories — academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership — that add up to a final score.

“This accomplishment is a testament to years of work by an active community of faculty, staff and students across campus,” said Alan Turnquist, director of sustainability and resilience at Michigan Tech. “For decades the people of Michigan Tech have worked to advance sustainability in everything from research and teaching to planning and facilities management. We’re proud to finally see all the hard work pay off and be recognized.”

Read more about MTU’s STARS Gold Rating at Michigan Tech News.