Saint Mary’s Earns a Top Spot in 2018 Sustainable Campus Index

Saint Mary’s College has earned a number one ranking in the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI). A publication by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the SCI recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 sustainability impact areas. The College garnered the top spot in the category of "Wellbeing and Work."

Students washing vegetables in the Legacy GardenSustainability at Saint Mary’s is reflected in various institutional, academic, and co-curricular initiatives, including the Legacy Garden; student programming and volunteer services; student-led projects such as the Free Store, Green Space, and Food Recovery Network; campus waste diversion efforts; and usage of solar trailers to power campus lighting and charge electric vehicles.

The top performers in the SCI were announced by AASHE on August 22. “The institutions featured in this year’s Sustainable Campus Index are making meaningful contributions to sustainability on their campuses and surrounding communities,” said AASHE’s executive director Meghan Fay Zahniser.

The SCI’s other sustainability impact areas include Air & Climate, Buildings, Campus Engagement, Coordination & Planning, Curriculum, Diversity & Affordability, Energy, Food & Dining, Grounds, Investment & Finance, Public Engagement, Purchasing, Research, Transportation, Waste, and Water.

The index measures sustainability performance through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Developed by AASHE in collaboration with the higher education community, STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

The College’s many sustainability efforts are shepherded by the Campus Sustainability Committee, which serves as an advisor to Saint Mary’s president and cabinet. For more information about sustainability at SMC, visit stmarys-ca.edu/sustainability.