AASHE

by Jared Flesher

For the first time, Princeton University has received a “Gold” rating for sustainability from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The rating is based on campus-wide sustainability progress in areas that include academics, engagement, operations, planning, administration, innovation and leadership.

by Somi Jun '20

Two weeks ago, Ming Wilson ‘18 and seven other Princeton students spent their Saturday afternoon walking around campus to pick up litter. In the process, they found packaging, old beverages, and two abandoned bicycles, which are now being restored in Cyclab.

“We specifically emphasized going ‘off the beaten path’ to pick up trash that was hidden and which have even been misplaced for years,” Wilson said. “We hope the initiative will [lead] to a cleaner campus and the accidental fruit of friendship, as well.”

Princeton University has been recognized as a national top performer in sustainability coordination and planning in the recently published 2015 Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Sustainable Campus Index report.

All Princeton University campus community members benefit from our AASHE membership! The AASHE Bulletin is a free, weekly e-newsletter that delivers the latest campus sustainability news, opportunities, events and job listings in the U.S. and Canada. It is published each Tuesday, and one issue a month is a Global Edition. There are currently more than 11,000 subscribers, including readers from higher education, nonprofit organizations, and business. Subscribe to AASHE Bulletin.

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