Ithaca College has earned a STARS gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Ithaca College STARS report is publicly available on the AASHE website.
Ithaca College is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and is on track to meet that goal early. The Peggy Ryan Williams Center, Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise, Athletics and Events Center, and Classroom Link corridor have all received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications. Additionally, Ithaca College was named as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review. The education services company ranked IC at #9 in its “Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition.”
“STARS serves as a comprehensive rating system for colleges and universities that addresses the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability,” said Scott Doyle ’98, director of energy management and sustainability at Ithaca College. “It’s designed to create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability and allows for meaningful comparisons across institutions. I like the fact that it highlights the many diverse sustainability efforts occurring around Ithaca College but also it provides numerous ideas of where we can improve that work. Most importantly I think the STARS reporting process helps IC to build a stronger, more diverse sustainable community.”