Are you working on a sustainability-related project? Have you integrated sustainability into your club…your academic department…your classes? Have you hosted a sustainability-related event? If so, we want to know!
Each year, SDSU collects information for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report, which is a benchmarking program through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). As a renowned tool, STARS is used by hundreds of institutions across the world and allows universities to assess what sustainability efforts they have as well as areas where they can improve.
Sustainability is the formation of a better society through the interdependent actions of improving environmental quality, increasing economic prosperity, and instilling social justice for present and future generations. The definition of each pillar of sustainability includes:
- Environmental sustainability – the act of preserving, restoring, and utilizing the earth’s natural resources in a way that does not inhibit ecological services, remove resources faster than they can be replenished, or harm the surrounding environment.
- Social sustainability – the act of ensuring all people are treated with equity and have access to basic human rights, including but not limited to: clean water, nutrition, education, healthcare, sanitation, shelter, security, a meaningful livelihood, and the opportunity to pursue their aspirations.
- Economic sustainability – the act of distributing money and resources equitably so that all may obtain basic human needs. Being economically sustainable should allow the economy to function, prosper, and thrive.
Information is currently being collected for fiscal year 2021/academic year 2020-2021. All information can be emailed to the SDSU Sustainability Specialist, Jennifer McLaughlin.
SDSU completed its first STARS report in 2016 and earned a bronze rating. SDSU currently holds a silver rating.