Niagara College proudly joined The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in July, 2011. AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with leadership and essential knowledge resources, opportunities for professional development, and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives.
Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System
One of AASHE’s flagship programs is the Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System (STARS). The STARS program is a transparent, self-reporting framework designed specifically for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. The STARS program is an instrumental tool for the Office of Sustainability to track our progress moving forward.
Niagara College first received a STARS Bronze Rating in recognition of our sustainability achievements in October 2013. Not only was this achievement a win for sustainability on campus, earning a bronze rating for sustainability satisfies one of the core Strategic Plan goals! In 2016, Niagara College improved its rating to Silver, further demonstrating an overall commitment to sustainability!
AASHE Annual Conference
With nearly 2,000 participants, AASHE’s annual conference is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America. In one of the most innovative sustainable cities in North America, attendees from around the world will come together at AASHE 2014 to network and share new innovations, activities, frameworks, learning outcomes, tools, strategies, research, theory and leadership initiatives that are changing the face of sustainability on their campus and surrounding communities.
This year, the AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Niagara College’s Office of Sustainability participated in the following presentations:
- Panel Discussion: Horizontally and Vertically Integrated Campus Engagement Strategies
- Poster 1: The Annual Waste Audit Approach at Niagara College
- Poster 2: Horizontally and Vertically Integrated Campus Engagement Strategies