The award not only promotes Western's commitment to creating a greener campus, it also will interest prospective students. The 2015 College Hopes and Worries Survey conducted by The Princeton Review reported that 61 percent of future college students are influenced by a school's commitment to the environment.
"Having that bronze star for Western is way to let prospective students know that we're making positive strides," said Brooke Moran, Professor of Recreation & Outdoor Education.
Moran adds that being sustainable can be tricky — some budgets can't be filled, certain challenges cannot be overcome easily — but credits the faculty, administrators and especially the students for being so successful.
"Western's people are conscientious, caring and driven. But also realistic," explains Moran.
Western decided to apply for STARS to better understand the strengths of the program, but also to learn how to improve in certain areas.
The STARS program looks at how a school's efforts achieve and impact the campus and community.
Moran hopes to see faculty and students get more involved with sustainability and to continue to move forward with STARS.
"In the next year or two, we'll be driving for silver," Moran said.
Article by Roberta Marquette-Strain, University Communications.