Sustainability at SLU
Saint Louis University earned a Bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE.) The association's Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System program, more commonly known as STARS, recognizes colleges' and universities' efforts in not just eco-friendliness, but also social and economic sustainability.
The Center for Sustainability collaborated with Facilities Services and numerous other departments on campus to assemble a comprehensive sustainability assessment that earned Saint Louis University national recognition in addition to the Bronze rating. The SLU STARS report is publicly available through AASHE's website. STARS tracks sustainability efforts and achievements across four primary categories:
Outreach programs, research, and about sustainability-related curriculum development
- Did You Know? SLU has more than 300 courses related to sustainability available to undergraduate and graduate students.
Water, waste,and transportation management to building, grounds, and purchasing
- Did You Know? Doisy Research Center is furnished with recycled steel, concrete and carpeting as well as rapidly renewable resources such as bamboo and cork. It also features a green roof, bike racks, showers, and locker rooms for people who ride their bicycles to work.
Insights on affordability, human resources, and community programs and education
- >Did You Know? Members of the SLU community can buy shares of locally grown produce, averaging 10 pounds of seasonal fruits and vegetables each week.
Areas where SLU sets itself apart as a leader in sustainability in higher education
- Did You Know? The Center for Sustainability was a co-founder of the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium and that SLU has won achievement awards two years in a row for their involvement with the St. Louis RCGA Climate Prosperity Project and Green Business Challenge.
The Center for Sustainability supports AASHE's goals to keep its rating system transparent and accessible to anyone. Through this system, SLU can gauge its own growth in the area of sustainability and gain perspective by comparing itself to more than 300 academic institutions nationwide.
See SLU's 2011 STARS Report