Accolades, Partnerships, and Association Memberships

Accolades, Partnerships, & Association Memberships



Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)/ Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS)

Geneseo is one of almost 1,000 member institutions of the AASHE and one of 650 institutions in 9 countries that have voluntarily submitted a STARS report. 

Sustainability staff and commission members and students have presented sessions at several national conferences, including on how the College meets the U.N. goals and our award-winning map.


NY Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE)

NYCSHE is, in effect, a regional version of AASHE wherein NYS colleges and universities have a forum for sharing information and ideas and solving problems. The SUNY schools are included within the coalition and meet at the annual meetings of both AASHE and NYCSHE to discuss and learn from one another about relevant topics within the SUNY system.


NYS Clean Energy Standard / Executive Order 88 (EO88)

Like all NYS governmental agencies, SUNY Geneseo is mandated by Governor Cuomo’s carbon emission reduction via 50% reliance on renewable energy sources by 2035.


Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges

SUNY Geneseo has earned the distinction as a “Green College” in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, every year since its initial publication in 2009.***



Second Nature / American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

Along with 650 other colleges and universities, SUNY Geneseo has signed onto the ACUPCC, agreeing to ‘measure and report our greenhouse gas emissions, take immediate actions to reduce them, and develop and implement a plan to go climate neutral.’ (

Tree campus USA

Tree Campus USA / National Arbor Day Foundation

SUNY Geneseo is distinguished by having our own arboretum. The arboretum, in combination with preserved forest corridors and grounds maintenance and plantings, contributes to the health of the local ecosystem via carbon sequestration and sustaining native plants and animals. In addition, those campus efforts improve the aesthetics and quality of life of our campus and adjacent community.



US Green Building Council (USGBC) / Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

SUNY Geneseo has decreed that all new building construction will adhere to a minimum of “Silver” rating in the LEED program.