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Laurier earns STARS Gold rating for sustainability performance

Laurier has been awarded a Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), which measures the sustainability performance of colleges and universities around the world.

Laurier’s Gold rating recognizes the university’s successes in categories including academics, campus and community engagement, campus operations, planning, administration, innovation and leadership. Laurier is one of only four post-secondary institutions in Ontario to earn a STARS Gold rating.

Laurier has made significant progress since its previous STARS ratings of Bronze in 2010 and Silver in 2013. The university continues to set and meet aggressive sustainability targets, including a commitment to carbon-neutrality by 2050, outlined in its Sustainability Action Plan. Last April, Laurier was also named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

STARS is an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education program.

Tree planting

Waawaatesi Altiman takes part in a tree planting at Laurier’s Northdale Community Garden in Waterloo as part of the Mama Aki: Mother Earth Science Camp.

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