Organization Recognizes University’s Efforts in Well-Being and Work Impact Areas
November 10, 2021
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The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has published its 2021 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) report in which Stanislaus State earned a Top 10 rating in the “well-being and work” sustainability impact area.  

Each year, AASHE’s index recognizes the top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas and overall as measured by AASHE’S Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The index highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions that submitted STARS reports in the most recent calendar year.  

The well-being and work impact area recognizes student and employee wellness programs and employee compensation, satisfaction, health and safety. Colleges and universities bolster the strength of their communities by promoting the well-being of the campus community and by offering employee benefits, wages and other forms of assistance that serve to compensate workers respectfully and ethically. 

STARS is a comprehensive sustainability rating system for colleges and universities that addresses the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability. An institution’s STARS score is based on the percentage of applicable points earned in credits across four main categories: academics, engagement, operations and planning and administration. 

STARS is designed to: 

  • Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education; 
  • Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements; 
  • Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability;  
  • Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance; and 
  • Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.