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Creighton earns STARS Bronze rating for campus sustainability measures

Creighton University recently earned a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) Bronze rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Creighton’s first-of-its-kind STARS Bronze rating recognizes the university’s campus-wide sustainability efforts. Since 2010, Creighton has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from purchased electricity by more than 23 percent.

Creighton’s STARS score is based on the percentage of points earned for sustainability credits in five areas of assessment ‒ academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership. Creighton’s rating was highlighted by receiving full points for its undergraduate academic programs. The university began using STARS’ self-reporting tools in 2013.

“The purpose of STARS is to benchmark institutional measures and use our score as a roadmap to find best practices to implement or improve upon current efforts,” said Belyna Bentlage, who joined Creighton in the summer of 2017 as Sustainability Coordinator for Creighton’s Office of Sustainability Programs.

Bentlage said a key sustainability initiative that factored into its rating was Creighton’s goal to be climate neutral by 2050, including the achievement of a 40-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2028. Measurable initiatives laid out in the Creighton 150 Strategic Plan and comprehensive Climate Action Plan also received recognition from the STARS Review Team.

With more than 800 participants in 30 countries utilizing AASHE’s STARS program, it is the most widely recognized framework for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser.

“Creighton University has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Bronze Rating.”

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