UofL Featured in 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

UofL is highlighted on page 77 of the Index as a school leading the way on Living Wages.

On October 24, 2016, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) released the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication that recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability and overall, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The report also highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions that submitted STARS reports in the 12 months prior to July 1, 2016.

The University of Louisville is highlighted on page 77 of the Index as a school leading the way on Living Wages under the category of Wellbeing & Work:

"In fall 2015, a University of Louisville sustainable compensation minimum wage standard for full-time contractors of $10.10/hour was developed by a newly appointed Committee for Responsible Business Practices with multi-stakeholder representation. In 2013, UofL became Kentucky’s first public university to implement a living wage for all university employees when it increased its minimum wage for regular status staff employees from $8.67 to $10 per hour in November 2013. UofL’s minimum wage is increasing by 25 cents per hour per year, starting in July 2014 and continuing in 2015-17 – bringing the rate to $11 per hour by July 2017."

The institutions and initiatives featured in this year's Sustainable Campus Index showcase the great work that higher education institutions are doing to lead the global sustainability transformation. I hope the contents of this report will inspire students, administrators, faculty and staff at colleges and universities to work together to implement innovative solutions to the challenges that we face today.

The following organizations helped to make this publication possible through their sponsorship: Fair Trade Colleges & Universities, The GREEN Program and WRNS Studio.

Direct questions about the Index to resources@aashe.org.