UCR earns top spots in sustainability index

September 14, 2022
Author: Imran Ghori
September 14, 2022

UC Riverside has earned three top 10 rankings along with an overall gold award for its sustainability efforts from an organization that tracks the nation’s most sustainable colleges and universities.

The campus received a gold rating in the 2022 Sustainable Index, released Sept. 8 by the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, or AASHE - STARS.

AASHE’s STARS program has more than 900 participants in 40 countries that report achievements in five overall areas: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership. The rating system includes four tiers from bronze to platinum, the top rating.

UCR tied for No. 5 in the area of sustainable investment and finances, reflecting its commitment to transparent and responsible investing. The campus tied for No. 6 in well-being and work for its student and employee well-being programs and employee satisfaction and health. Finally, it tied for No. 9 for water conservation efforts.