The W&M Sustainability Report was released in 2017 with data collected from 2014-2016. This report is a compilation of the information submitted to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS program, in which W&M was awarded a silver rating. AASHE is a well recognized sustainability organization, of which W&M has been a member since 2010. As a member institution, anyone with a wm.edu email address also has free membership.
The AASHE STARS program allows institutions to collect a common set of sustainability data, benchmark ourselves against other institutions, gain inspiration for how others are tackling challenges, and obtain a snapshot of sustainability at our institution. STARS is similar to a LEED certification for buildings, points can be earned in multiple categories, with the total determining whether the institution is awarded a Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Reporter status.
This report is separated into AASHE STARS categories and provides suggestions for ways that we may improve sustainability at W&M based off of where we could accrue additional points within STARS. To learn more about this data featured in the Sustainability Report, the W&M submission is publicly available on the STARS website.