The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently recognized YU with a STARS Bronze Rating for its sustainability efforts. This is the most comprehensive sustainability inventory Yeshiva University has done to date which was a yearlong effort involving all 4 of Yeshiva University campuses and required efforts from over 40 Yeshiva students, faculty and staff. The effort was conducted by the Office of Energy & Sustainability with assistance from departments university wide from Human Resources and Engineering to the Provost’s Office.

This is just another achievement since the University opened the Office of Energy & Sustainability in 2008, after President Joel signed the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), committing to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 with an interim goal of 20% by 2020.

STARS or the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. It uses a model comprising four major areas: Education & Research, Operations and Planning, Administration and Engagement as well as Innovation. These areas are subdivided into a total of 139 sub sections ranging from sustainability related coursework to carpooling.

To learn more about Yeshiva’s sustainability efforts, visit the publicly available report:



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