For a second time, the University of California, Irvine has achieved a rare platinum rating through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, maintaining its status as one of the environmentally outstanding universities in the world.
With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS is the most widely recognized international framework for publicly documenting comprehensive information related to the sustainability performance of a college or university. Participants report achievements in five areas: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership.
UCI is one of only four universities to be two-time recipients of the STARS Platinum rating – its previous one earned in 2018. The campus’s 2021 sustainability report got the highest score of any institution ever: 88.59 points.
“We’re gratified that UCI’s interdisciplinary research, our community engagement on critical sustainability issues, and our operational practices centered on environmental and social responsibility have been recognized once again through STARS,” said Wendell Brase, UCI’s associate chancellor for sustainability. “This represents another important environmental stewardship milestone for the University of California and reflects the collaborative efforts of many engaged and committed people across the UCI campus.”