The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) awarded Eastern a Silver Rating after the university submitted its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report to the organization.
In a letter to Nancy Tinker, director of facilities management and planning, the organization wrote, "AASHE commends Eastern Connecticut State University for demonstrating its sustainability commitment and leadership by participating in STARS." STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Eastern is the only public institution in Connecticut to be rated.
"We are Silver," said Tinker. "This is an impressive achievement. The green campus committee contributed a great deal to this effort -- it took a lot of work to pull together the data.