AASHE’s Sustainable Campus Index sets model for higher education sustainability initiatives

September 5, 2018

Colleges and universities leading the way in sustainability have been recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) on its 2018 Sustainable Campus Index.

The annual index recognizes higher education institutions achieving big results within 17 sustainability impact areas, as measured by AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Here at Lucid, we’re thrilled to count many of our customers as the innovative institutions recognized this year.

Institutions were measured for their performance in categories that range from curriculum and research to transportation and buildings. We believe that when institutions have measurable insight into how their sustainability programs are performing, they can make data-driven decisions about which programs they implement throughout the school year.

For Dickinson College, recognized as the top-performing baccalaureate institution, this was made possible in part through their BuildingOS Energy Dashboard, an interactive public storyboard that displays real-time energy performance metrics in dorms and lobbies. Users can explore metrics from greenhouse gas emissions to campus energy use, and from student and employee diversity to sustainability learning outcomes. With this kind of insight, the campus community can see how every action they take drives sustainability forward.

For Stanford University, the second university to receive a platinum rating from AASHE, the power of being able to track sustainability programs across a wide portfolio powered by diverse strategies has helped the institution make strong, data-driven decisions. Those decisions have earned the university a top spot on the index, as it can track and improve its performance across the board.

Learn how Stanford University uses Luicd’s BuildingOS to guide decision-making on campus sustainability programs here.

Newcomers to the list, such as energy top-performer American University, brought new innovations that other institutions can apply toward improving their performance in the year ahead. AU achieved its 2020 carbon neutrality goal a bit early—April 2018 to be exact, becoming the first carbon neutral university in the nation. We believe that’s a goal worth striving for.

Congratulations to all of these institutions for their success. We look forward to connecting with all schools working to achieve greater sustainability during AASHE's Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, October 2-5. Stop by booth #418 to learn how Lucid can help you drive your campus sustainability initiative forward.