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KSC Wins STARS Sustainability Silver

December 3, 2012
KSC's Pondside III residence hall, winner of American School & University Magazine's Outstanding Design Award and the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED® Silver Certificate.
KSC's Pondside III residence hall, winner of American School & University Magazine's Outstanding Design Award and the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED® Silver Certificate.

AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has awarded KSC its Silver rating in its STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System) program.

"STARS is an assessment of the Sustainability work of the whole campus: education and research, operations, planning administration and engagement," explained Mary Jensen, KSCs sustainability officer. ­­ "The rating comes from the many sustainable activities on campus, from all of those areas. From the number of faculty teaching classes related to sustainability, to the standards in IT for purchasing computers, to the fostering of diversity, to the financial aid we offer, to the gender-neutral housing, to the food composting and reduced-water shower heads."

"We could never have come so far were it not for the many campus people who pushed for the 'Green Team' in late 90s and for the many people who have taken ownership in making KSC a greener campus. It’s been a privilege to work with so many forward-thinking, engaged, and caring people. Achieving the STARS Silver rating is a significant accomplishment for KSC. While we know that we can continue to improve, we can also be proud of the amazing work done on campus by our faculty, staff, and students."