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2011 Sustainability Report Yearly Update on Sustainability initiatives at Hopkinsville Community College

ISSUE 1 APRIL 2012


What does a ratings system do for us? We’re grading ourselves based on the AASHE Stars program. AASHE is an association of colleges and

the free tools that AASHE makes available to any

universities that are working to create a

school.

sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead

AASHE’s STARS program and their free reporting

the sustainability transformation. The

tools allow participants to report achievements

organization provides resources, profes-

in three overall areas: Education & Research,

sional development, and a network of

Operations, and Planning, Administration, and

support to enable institutions of higher

Engagement.

education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to educa-

Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education

Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community

Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability

Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance

Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community

mation about AASHE, visit

An important part of AASHE’s offerings is their assessment piece: Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). STARS is a voluntary, selfreporting framework that provides a guide for advancing sustainability in all sectors of higher education. KCTCS leaders and Hopkinsville Community College Sustainability Committee members recognize that STARS is a common standard of measurement for sustainability in higher education and that it can serve as a tool that promotes a comprehensive understanding of sustainability. While the KCTCS System Office and

They’re more similar than you think

STARS’ free reporting tool is designed to:

tion and research. For more inforwww.aashe.org.

New Competencies and Educating for Sustainability

Up to 100 points can be earned in each major area. Final scores are the result of the average score in each of the three major areas: Education and Research, Operations, and Planning, Administration, and Engagement, plus up to four “extra -credit” points for innovations.

some of our sister campuses across the commonwealth are AASHE members and track their progress using the STARS system, the remaining KCTCS schools , Hopkinsville included, are going to first track our own progress using

Sus.tain’a.bili’i.ty: n.: Having enough for now, without harming the future

The new General Education competencies that will go into effect in Fall 2012 contain requirements concerning many aspects of the social responsibility component of sustainability.


Education & Research Curricular and Co-Curricular Education Sustainability learning experiences inside or outside the formal curriculum.

We received credit for Sustainability Events Sustainability-Focused Courses Sustainability-Related Courses Where we could do more Sustainability in New Student Orientation Themed Semester or Year Student Sustainability Outreach Outdoor Program Faculty Involved in Sustainability Research

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