Reporting on the college's sustainability efforts is an important part of maintaining transparency with our community as well as helping to clarify our goals and indicate our progress.
Edmonds Community College receives STARS Silver rating for sustainability achievements
Edmonds Community College has received a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
Says Alison Pugh, Sustainability Researcher for the college: “Achieving a silver rating in the STARS program is a major accomplishment for the college. We are currently the highest rated community college in Washington State! We’re particularly proud of our efforts to infuse sustainability into curriculum; Education and Research was our highest scoring category.
"Innovative college programs include energy management, restoration horticulture, event planning, culinary arts, hospitality/tourism, occupational safety and health, construction industry training, LEAF school (learn and serve anthropology field school), among many others. Even so, this is no cause to rest on our laurels. While our STARS report shows many strengths, we also have lots of work to do to continue to grow the resiliency of this college.”
STARS is a credit-based system - schools pursue credits based on what they are doing
(much like LEED system certifying green buildings). Some credits can be earned partially
and some are a yes or no situation. STARS is organized into three main categories,
and the percentages assigned to each show how scored according to the possible number
of credits in each category (it could be scored 100 percent if a college earned all
Edmonds Community College results:
Education & Research : 46.62%
Planning, Administration and Engagement: 41.73%
Each of those categories are broken down into subcategories, then broken down into
Sustainability is being measured broadly in this tool (environment, equity, and economics). Some examples of these subcategories are diversity and affordability, human resources, and investment.
To view the full report, visit https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/edmonds-community-college-wa/report/2013-01-16/.
In 2007-2008, Tim Hohn, a horticulture faculty member involved in the Sustainability Council, completed a Sustainability Assessment of our campus. Our goal is to improve our sustainability performance, and we now have a clearer picture of where we currently stand.
As a way to complement our current efforts, this assessment gives us a more complete picture of what’s going on, what the opportunities are for improvement, and therefore where to focus our energies and efforts. This project will also establish the data points for us to monitor in the future as benchmarks of improvement.
Click on the link to access the Assessment Report as a PDF document.
In 2008-2009, we conducted a baseline carbon footprint. Our report can be viewed here.
State Agency Greenhouse Gas Inventory
In the summer of 2010, the state required all state agencies to create a greenhouse gas inventory (same as a carbon footprint) for 2005, 2008, 2009, using their calculator, and report on efforts being made to decrease emissions.
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