SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore’s creative and comprehensive approach to sustainability has earned the College a gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) is a transparent self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to quantify their sustainability performance. The report measure sustainability efforts and outcomes in the areas of academics, campus, and public engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership.
Students, faculty, and staff engage in sustainability work at Skidmore in a wide variety of ways: through more than 150 sustainability-related courses in nearly 30 academic departments or programs, and through annual campus events and initiatives, such as the Give and Go move-out donation program and the fall Harvest Dinner co-hosted by the Skidmore Community Garden and Dining Services team.
The Sustainability Office is a hub for campus projects that address energy, food, waste, lands and grounds, and engagement. The Office supports initiatives across the institution and employs about 25 students each year in internships and student programs.
In terms of campus operations, Skidmore’s 2.1 megawatt solar array and small hydropower project produce 20% of the College’s electricity needs, and a 54-panel solar thermal array on the roof of Murray-Aikins Dining Hall heats over 1,000 gallons of water every day. About 35% of campus is heated and cooled with geothermal energy, and once complete, all 200,000 square feet of the College’s new Center for Integrated Sciences will as well. The project is the first in Skidmore’s history to be LEED-certified.
Sustainability efforts at Skidmore have also earned the College a place on the Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Green Colleges” list and recognition as a state leader for the New York State Renewing Energy Vision Challenge.
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