updated: 12/16/2009 10:21:20 AM

DePauw Enrolls in Sustainability Tracking System

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DePauw University has registered to take part in a self-reporting program to gauge progress toward more environmentally-friendly policies. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Carol Steele says the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is another indication of the university's "commitment to eventually reaching carbon neutrality." The university is also part of American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and has been honored by the National Wildlife Federation for sustainability efforts.

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DePauw University has successfully registered to participate in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Supported by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS is a tool to help guide colleges and universities toward sustainability. The program provides a
voluntary, self-reporting framework for gauging relative progress toward more environmentally-friendly policies.

“STARS is a huge leap forward in helping us build an even stronger and more diverse campus sustainability program,” according to Carol Steele, associate dean of academic affairs and leader of DePauw’s sustainability efforts. “It will give us the capability of knowing where we started, where we are now, and where we aspire to be. Choosing to participate in this tracking system is another indication of DePauw’s deep commitment to eventually reaching carbon neutrality.“

Learn more at http://www.aashe.org/stars/index.php

On September 15, 2008, DePauw President Brian W. Casey signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, joining what is today 663 college and university presidents and chancellors across America who are pledging to neutralize the greenhouse gas emissions of their institutions and make environmental awareness a key component of campus life.

On August 21, 2008, the National Wildlife Federation honored DePauw University for its efforts to promote sustainability in its report, "Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education."

Thirteen DePauw students are attending the climate change conference known as COP-15 in Copenhagen.

Source: DePauw University

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