In March, 2022, Luther was awarded a Gold rating for its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) submission. Read the news release here. This is Luther's second STARS Gold rating. Luther College was ranked as the fourth best baccalaureate institution in the nation for its efforts in sustainability. The most recent rating raised Luther’s score from 72.17 to 75.28.
In the 2022 report, Luther scored exceptionally in academics, with 37% of all courses, and 100% of departments offering classes, as well as student research addressing some aspect of sustainability. Our accomplishments in engaging the campus (and greater) community were also highly recognized in the categories of student orientation, sustainability education, outreach and community partnerships.
Luther’s operational sustainability continues to show gains in building energy efficiency, reductions in greenhouse gas generation, and improvements in sustainable and plant-based dining. Luther received recognition for sustainability in planning and administration as well. We scored points for the new Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, systems of supports for underrepresented groups, and for a coordinate system of officers, staffing and plans to implement sustainability on campus.
The 2022 report was Luther's fifth STARS submission. Luther was awarded STARS Silver ratings in 2011, 2014, and 2017. Luther received STARS Gold in 2019 and 2022. As of March 2022, only 136 institutions of higher education globally had received a STARS Gold rating.
"The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of higher education institutions, from community colleges to research universities. The framework encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions, as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability." (Source: https://stars.aashe.org/)
Luther's entire 2022 STARS report can be found here.