May 16, 2016 08:28 PM
How UofL measures our progress in sustainability and how we compare to other institutions.
The primary tool used by the University of Louisville to measure our progress in sustainability is the STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) framework developed by AASHE (the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education). As a Charter Participant in STARS, UofL was the first school in the
region -- and the 10th in the nation -- to achieve a STARS rating; UofL was the first school in Kentucky to achieve a STARS Gold rating; and we continue
to have the highest STARS rating in Kentucky. Check out the map of STARS schools.
As part of our university-wide strategic plan, UofL seeks to progressively improve our overall STARS rating and our score across all sections of the framework. We are staying true to that goal.
UofL reached a major milestone in our on-going efforts to advance sustainability by achieving a new STARS Gold rating (65.19%) on February 13, 2016. This represents a 6.9 point increase from our February 2013 STARS Silver rating (58.29%), and a significantimprovement from our first rating in January 2011 of STARS Silver (50.11%).
Our 2016 rating documents that, on top of what we were already doing
well, we’ve seen significant improvement in many areas and we are doing
some truly innovative things to advance sustainability. We earned four
new Innovation Credits for our initiatives around:
As the report makes clear, there is important work before us to not only maintain our standing, but to push ahead towards STARS Platinum (at 85%). For instance, we would do well to continue working on:
Developing a comprehensive Transportation Demand Management Plan
that caps parking, rationalizes our parking permit structure, and uses
gradual increases in parking costs to reduce the vehicle miles traveled to campus.
can view finalized STARS
reports from individual schools online without creating an AASHE Account. There
are some additional, very useful features within the STARS
Dashboard for doing research into STARS reports (particularly the Content
Display function which allows you to filter down to specific credits and/or
particular types of schools, etc.) that you can only access with an AASHE Account, which is available to all UofL employees and students through our institutional AASHE membership. (It’s also worth noting that with such an account you can also access all of the great materials, reports, discussion groups, etc. available in AASHE’s Resource Center). Here's how:
Step 1: If you do not have
an AASHE Account, UofL students and employees may create
one here (simply using your @louisville.edu email address).
Step 2: To access the full
range of features on the STARS
Dashboard, log-in using your email address and password associated with
your AASHE Account. If you have lost or forgotten your AASHE password, you
may re-set it here.
See Photos of our press conference on the occasion of our very first STARS rating in 2011, and the following stories:
UofL has achieved Tree Campus USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation for every year since 2010!
In Spring 2015, Purposeful Networks (formerly known as myActions) recognized University of Louisvillewith a Gold LevelStudent Actions Award.
UofL was only one of seven gold-level schools out of 125 recognized
nationwide. This recognition was the result of considerable effort on
the part of UofL students to take an log a wide variety of
sustainability actions on campus, from eating local to turning off
lights to volunteering in the community. In Fall 2014, UofL received a
nationally recognized sustainability award from myActions.org for “green and compassionate student actions.” The Student Actions Award recognized undergraduate schools for student leadership and progress, as well as the impact of green and healthy activities. UofL recognized as “green and compassionate” (The Louisville Cardinal, March 30, 2015)
In October 2014, UofL won the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education AASHE Award for Best Case Study from a Four-Year or Graduate Institution with More Than 10,000 Full-Time Students for the Earn-A-Bike Program. The award was received before an audience of thousands at AASHE’s 2014 national conference in Portland, OR where the case study was presented.
In 2014 and 2015, UofL won the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from Insight into Diversity magazine. The award recognizes colleges that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to building a diverse and inclusive environment. UofL wins diversity award for second consecutive year (UofL Today, Sept. 28, 2015)
Sierra Club's "Cool Schools" Rankings: 2015: UofL increased our ranking to #73 in Sierra Club’s 2015 Cool Schools list, and was the only school in Kentucky to make the list of 153 institutions nationwide! 2014: UofL ranked #74 in Sierra Club’s 2014 Cool Schools list, and was the only Kentucky school to make the list of 173 institutions nationwide! 2013: UofL continues to make significant progress in sustainability across the board, as demonstrated by the fact that our overall score (out of a possible 1000) in the 2013 Cool Schools rankings jumped from 510.89 in 2012 to 625.74 in 2013! We improved our score by nearly 11.5%. UofL continues to hold the top position in the state, ranking 53rd out of 162 schools nationally! 2012: UofL was the only Kentucky school included in the 2012 Sierra Club Cool Schools Rankings, and