The Colorado College mission commits us to providing the finest Liberal Arts education in the country by embodying our core values. Among our core values are to live with integrity; serve as stewards of the traditions and resources of Colorado College; nurture a sense of place and an ethic of environmental sustainability; encourage engagement and social responsibility at local, national and global levels; and seek excellence, constantly assessing our policies and programs. Sustainability isn't optional for the Colorado College community; it's who we are and how we have defined ourselves. We aspire to make Colorado College a model for campus and community sustainability - an academic village that instantiates a commitment at all levels to a sustainable and desirable future, not only for the human economy but for the larger ecosystem in which it is embedded.
What is AASHE STARS?
AASHE STARS stands for the Sustainability Tracking, Assesment and Rating System. It is a self-reporting framework for colleges to assess their sustainability performance. The first Colorado College STARS report came out in 2014, and the college earned a 'silver star' in sustainability. Since then, the Office of Sustainability has been restructured to focus on making Colorado College more sustainable under the STARS framework. The categories listed on the left side of this page are roughly the categories of STARS that are evaluated at the college, which are also represented in the working groups of the Campus Sustainability Council. The Office of Sustainability hopes to perform the STARS report every year, and to continue to improve upon its performance.
To learn more about STARS, check out their website!