Some of the most exciting developments for sustainability at Judson University include two new initiatives that the University recently joined (the prestigious STARS program and the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact), plus the addition of a brand new major – a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Management.
Judson University is proud to announce that as of the Fall 2010 semester, Judson University is officially a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) program. Judson University was one of the first 240 schools to sign up for the STARS program, which includes other prestigious schools like Yale University, Duke University, and Stanford University.
STARS is basically the Olympics of sustainability for schools. Universities that sign on to the program try to achieve points in as many sustainability-related criteria as possible to earn Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum status.
As of right now, Judson University representatives are working to submit final paperwork this summer so that the University can receive their “medal” by late 2011 or early 2012. And here’s the great news: campus officials believe that Judson University could be awarded Bronze – or possibly even Silver – when the University is awarded its STARS status.
Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact
Judson University ;is also proud of its recent signature to the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact. The Compact is only for colleges within Illinois, and includes schools such as the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Springfield and Chicago), Illinois State University, and Southern Illinois University.
Like the STARS program, the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact awards Bronze, Silver or Gold status to each qualifying school. The Compact is different from STARS, though, in that it isn’t a point-based award. Instead, each school must meet all of the criteria for Bronze status before they can advance to Silver status.