NSO students visit the Baca Grande campus in Crestone where they helped build and install a new solar garden that will power all the buildings on site| Photo taken by Bryan Oller
The Colorado College mission commits us to providing the finest Liberal Arts education in the country by embodying our core values. Sustainability isn't optional at Colorado College; it's central to our community and to the examples we set through all of our work. We aspire to make Colorado College a model for sustainability at all levels – an academic community that lives its commitment to a thriving future, honoring the economic, social and environmental narratives of our complex ecosystem.
What is AASHE STARS?
AASHE STARS stands for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment 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!