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U of I Ranked Sixth for Energy Reductions and Clean Renewable Energy Sources

September 06, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho – Sept. 6, 2019 – By implementing significant sustainability practices in its infrastructure such as heating and cooling, the University of Idaho earned the ranking of sixth among nearly 300 higher education institutions in 30 countries.

Published by the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). U of I earned a Silver STARS rating for sustainability achievements earlier this year.

“Sustainability plays a vital role on campus. We need to do business this way for many reasons, not the least of which is to teach our students, the next generation of leaders, the importance of sustainability,” said Scott Green, president of the University of Idaho.

U of I achieved top performer status by earning a high score in the energy subcategory in STARS. Specific initiatives that helped U of I earn its Silver rating include:

  • Using biomass to meet more than 90% of the campus steam requirements
  • Backing sustainability projects including reactive filtration, chilled beams, and passive energy solutions
  • Reducing campus electricity consumption by 25% and domestic water use by 40% over the past 14 years
  • Having undergraduate and graduate curriculum that focuses on sustainability, immersive experiences, and the campus as a living laboratory

“We are happy to recognize University of Idaho for its leadership in advancing sustainability,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser, who presented the award. “I’m grateful for the work being done by this institution to help move society toward a more equitable and sustainable future.”

The 2019 Sustainable Campus Index is publically available on the association’s website.

U of I’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website.

Media Contacts

Jeannie Matheison
Director
University of Idaho Sustainability Center
208-885-0126
jeanniem@uidaho.edu

Marc Compton
Mechanical Systems Engineer
University of Idaho Facilities
208-885-7350
compton@uidaho.edu

Andrea Huggins
Programs Marketing Manager
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
888-347-9997 x.123
andrea.huggins@aashe.org

About the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 12,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky Conference. Learn more at uidaho.edu