University also reports at a university-wide level to STARS and is currently a STARS Reporter. Benchmarking progress across the categories over the years as well as against other institutions helps managers to identify areas for future improvement as well as highlight unique successes worth sharing.
The Radrick Farms Golf Course at the University of Michigan was certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) in 2012 because of their work to protect wildlife and water on their grounds. Radrick Farms Golf Course has removed Faculty and students join together for recycling efforts at St. Mary’s College. invasive exotic vegetation, installed wood duck boxes, and naturalized five acres of habitat. By St. Mary’s College: Holistic Thinking reducing the number of acres of the course that are irrigated, they have also greatly reduced their Audubon International’s programs provide not only water use (by as much as 9 million gallons in 2009). recognition of achievements, but include technical Dan Mausolf, Superintendent, notes, “The Sanctuary Program forces our staff, neighbors, and membership to pay greater attention to the practices we have implemented as well as those we can change for the better of our environment, playability, and health.” The University of Michigan has received the STARS Silver rating for its five Ann Arbor campuses that serve approximately 40,000 students. The rating includes the Athletics enterprise and Health System, of which Radrick Farms Golf Course plays a key part.
assistance to help universities achieve tangible sustainability goals across their campuses. St. Mary’s College, certified in ACSP in 2009, is comprised of 52 buildings spread over 361 acres on the St. Mary’s River in southern Maryland. Natural woods, ponds, streams, and gardens cover over half the campus. Native plants are used exclusively for new landscaping, and 50% of all shorelines are natural. As Maryland’s public honors college, St. Mary’s offers an undergraduate liberal arts education and smallcollege experience like those found at exceptional private colleges. St. Mary’s shares the hallmarks of private institutions: an outstanding faculty, talented students, high academic standards, a challenging curriculum, small classes, a sense of community, and a spirit of intellectual inquiry. But as a state institution of higher education, St. Mary’s is also committed to the ideals of affordability, accessibility, and diversity.
Improvements made on the grounds demonstrate a campus’s commitment to sustainability in a way that curriculum and policies alone cannot. The average STARS institution scores 38% in Operations, making it the weakest of the four rating categories for most universities. The average score in the Grounds category in particular is much higher at 72%. However, another AI member, Iowa State University, achieved a STARS Gold rating and earned 92% in the STARS Grounds subcategory. Iowa View the full STARS reports for State’s Veenker Golf Course institutions mentioned: is currently working towards full certification in the ACSP, North Carolina State University and Superintendent John Newton received the Audubon University of Michigan International Environmental Planning Award in 2014 for his efforts to plan for Iowa State University environmental stewardship.
Since achieving certification in 2009, the College razed one of the most inefficient buildings and is now constructing a LEED-silvercertified academic building. A continuing focus on reducing waste has helped the college increase recycling and reduce disposal costs. Besides moving to singlestream recycling, St. Mary’s
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University of Michigan and Iowa State University: Silver and Gold