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Morris a Top-10 Performer in Sustainable Campus Index

Green Prairie Community patio
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
November 7, 2017

The University of Minnesota, Morris is a top performer in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index—in both the Buildings category (#2) and overall among baccalaureate institutions (#7). Morris is the only public college on the baccalaureate list.

The 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

Morris achieved top-performer status by earning a high score overall and in the Buildings subcategory in STARS.

Welcome Center staircase

"Morris is a model living and learning community, and one important component is our work around environmental sustainability," says Chancellor Michelle Behr. "This recognition recognizes and affirms the effectiveness of our efforts."

"We are excited to recognize Morris for working to secure a thriving, equitable, and ecologically healthy world through its comprehensive sustainability efforts," adds AASHE's Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser.

The Morris campus has a holistic approach to sustainability, with commitments, investments, and policies in areas ranging from building and renovation to renewable energy, academics and research, and student leadership. To learn more about Morris's sustainability initiatives, visit


The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. The credits included in STARS span the breadth of higher education sustainability and are organized into four categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. All reports are publicly accessible on the STARS website. For more information, visit

About the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE empowers higher education administrators, faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world's future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. For more information, visit

Pictured: The Green Prairie Community residence hall (top) and Welcome Center (above), both of which are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.