Sustainability Efforts At Judson
Judson University recently joined three formal sustainability initiatives - the prestigious STARS program, the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact, and the Creation Care Discipleship Project - to provide accountability in our quest to become a more sustainable campus community.
In 2011, Judson University was awarded the Bronze level rating for sustainability efforts on campus, as a participant in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Judson University is a charter member in the STARS program, which includes other prestigious schools like Yale University, Duke University, and Stanford University.
STARS is 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.
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.
Creation Care Campus Discipleship Project
This new initiative for CCCU member schools has recently been developed with input from the following organizations: Evangelical Environmental Network, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies, and AASHE. Judson has agreed to be a pilot school for this new program.