Raritan Valley Community College has been lauded for its campus sustainability efforts by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
The national organization's 2015 Sustainable Campus Index<https://stars.aashe.org/
RVCC is one of only three 2-year colleges that AASHE named as a Rising Star, which means it improved its overall score by over 15 percent. RVCC raised its rating from Bronze level in 2011 to Silver level in 2015.
The report also highlights best practices from over 50 U.S., Canadian and Mexican institutions that have submitted a STARS report in the past 12 months.
"The institutions featured in this year's publication are leading the way to a sustainable future," said AASHE's Executive Director, Meghan Fay Zahniser. "I hope the stories in this report will serve to inspire continued investment in sustainability among colleges and universities worldwide."
The report highlights RVCC's best practices as a top performer in Air & Climate category, which focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. RVCC has reduced scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 51 percent since 2005 and has pledged to reduce emissions by 60 percent by 2020.
"Raritan Valley Community College has seen reduced emissions through upgraded HVAC equipment and lighting, recommissioning equipment, installing automated controls, running a cogeneration plant, and buying 35 percent of energy that is Green-e certified. The college is moving to 100 percent Green-e certified energy in 2015," states AASHE in its report. It goes on to explain that "RVCC's 1.4MW cogeneration engine significantly improves overall fuel efficiency, resulting in lower operating costs and reductions in CO2 emissions by 1,900 metric tons per year."
With more than 700 participating institutions, STARS is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance. 112 institutions submitted STARS reports this year, a seven percent increase from the previous year. Submissions from Canadian institutions doubled in comparison to last year, and in January 2015, Universidad de Monterrey became the first institution outside the U.S. and Canada to earn a STARS rating. The AASHE STARS Sustainable Campus Index report on 2015 Top Performers, Best Practices and Trends is available at https://stars.aashe.org/pages/
Raritan Valley Community College's main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.
RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community's businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu
Feature Image: Silver Rating Logo: The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Courtesy https://stars.aashe.org