Mar. 19, 2013

College earns silver rating for sustainability


In the new Monroe Hall, students are flushing toilets with rainwater collected from the roof. Monroe is also the second building on campus to utilize geothermal wells.
Such environmentally conscious construction and other features have helped Geneseo earn a silver rating from The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, through its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System.

The STARS system is a self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. The rating indicates significant leadership in sustainability initiatives on campus.

Colleges qualify for the rating in three main categories: Education and research; Operations; and Planning, Administration and Engagement. Innovation credits are also awarded for schools that have initiated new and path-breaking practices and performances not covered in the other evaluation categories. The college earned a bronze rating last year.

"This is a clear indication of the emphasis Geneseo is placing on sustainability and I applaud everyone on campus who has helped us gain this recognition," said Darlene Necaster, environmental health and safety officer and co-chair of the president's Commission on Environmental Sustainability. "It's a commitment we have made as part of our liberal arts mission to educate our campus community on responsible approaches to conservation."

Eve Anderson '14, an English literature major, assembled the necessary information to submit the report.