The Office of Energy Management & Sustainability
How Does Ithaca College Define Sustainability?
Ithaca College views sustainability as a holistic system, inclusive of human and ecological health, as well as long-term financial security. We strive to integrate sustainability into our vision of becoming the standard of excellence for student-centered comprehensive colleges, fostering intellect, creativity, and character. We ask members of our campus community to be mindful about the decisions they make, and to take into consideration the financial, social and environmental impacts of their choices.
Tracking Our Progress
Ithaca College reports progress toward climate neutrality to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Reporting System (AASHE STARS) on a biennial basis. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. The system provides organization and accountability to colleges dedicated to reaching long-term sustainability goals and recognizes high-achieving institutions based on their accomplishments.
STARS was designed to:
- Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
- Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the international campus sustainability community.
- Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
- Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
- Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.
Ithaca College is a proud member of the 800+ community of higher education organizations reporting to AASHE STARS. In the fall of 2016, IC received a SILVER rating using the updated STARS framework. We intentionally chose to benchmark using the more challenging version 2.1, and will use the updated assessment to help further guide our efforts in being a recognized leader in all three pillars of sustainability - social, economic, and environmental. Our goal for 2018 reporting is GOLD. For a more detailed STARS scorecard, please visit Ithaca College's reporting page.
AASHE STARS Silver
On Jan 24, 2017, we received confirmation from AASHE that our Dec 2016 STARS submission was accepted, and as we shared in late Nov, we are at the SILVER level. We intentionally chose to benchmark using the more challenging version 2.1, and will use the updated assessment to help further guide our efforts in being a recognized leader in all three pillars of sustainability - social, economic, and environmental. GOLD is our focus for the next submission. We look forward to the continued engaged assistance and guidance from the campus. community.
The final results are in! Ithaca College landed 16th (88th percentile) in waste management of food organics, and 72nd (62nd percentile) in total waste diversion rate.
Congratulations to our Recyclmania video contest winners, Devin McQuillan and Danielle Lee!