The University of Minnesota Crookston has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its campus sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) after its first time reporting. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

U of M Crookston received a score of 60.5 and ranked well in areas like academics, engagement, coordination & planning, diversity & affordability, and innovation & leadership.

“The Office of Sustainability will be working over the next several months to continue to improve the STARS Rating with the goal of achieving Gold status as set by (University of Minnesota) MPact 2025,” said Sustainability Director and Associate Professor Katy Chapman. “U of M Crookston is only four points away, which is a great achievement as a first time reporter.”

U of M Crookston’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website

With more than 1,200 participants in 52 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership.

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. For more information about AASHE, visit

For more information about the STARS program, visit

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