Florida State University Earns Top Marks in 2021 Sustainable Campus Index

B. White & M. Thomas
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sustainability efforts at Florida State University are among the best in the nation, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

FSU earned a Gold rating from AAHSE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report. The ratings are published in the AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report and used as drivers for AAHSE’s Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) rankings. Rankings awarded are judged across 17 impact areas in that address the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability.

In addition to earning Gold status within the STARS rating program, Florida State also earned a No.1 ranking in the research category and a No. 4 ranking in the grounds category of this year’s Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) rankings.

"Congratulations to Florida State University for their incredible work in creating a more sustainable world," said AASHE's Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Upon reading the innovative and high-impact sustainability initiatives within this report, I’m encouraged that the global sustainability transformation that we desperately need is, in fact, happening.”

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Florida State University’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website:



The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. The credits included in STARS span the breadth of higher education sustainability and are organized into four categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. All reports are publicly accessible on the STARS website. For more information, visit stars.aashe.org.


AASHE empowers higher education faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. For more information, visit www.aashe.or