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Appalachian State Again Highly Ranked in AASHE's Sustainable Campus Index

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Appalachian State was once again recognized for efforts in sustainability by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in their 2017 Sustainable Campus Index. This publication highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 impact areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

On this year’s rankings, Appalachian tops the list for Master’s institutions, which include colleges and universities that award at least 50 master’s degrees and fewer than 20 doctoral degrees annually. The university is ranked second in Curriculum and tied for third for Buildings.

Appalachian retains their STARS Gold status, a designation shared by 104 other institutions out of the 868 schools participating in the program.

“We are very excited to be recognized for the second year in a row in the Sustainable Campus index,” said Director of University Sustainability Dr. Lee Ball. “It has taken years of dedication and commitment by the entire App State community, and we still feel that we have a lot of work to do to advance campus sustainability.”

AASHE’s full report is available here, and all of Appalachian’s specific STARs reporting and information is available at