FLEMINGTON, NJ - For the fifth year in a row, Raritan Valley Community College has been lauded for its campus sustainability efforts by the Association for the Advancement of sustainability in Higher Education.
RVCC has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
RVCC now ranks first among community colleges in the “Air and Climate” category, which reflects that the College’s campus operations have been carbon-neutral since 2017. The College also earned a perfect score in the “Water” category.
RVCC was the first community college in the country to sign an environmental stewardship agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The College's Strategic Plan formalizes its commitment to sustainability.
RVCC’s campus is River Friendly and is Bee Campus USA and Monarch Watch certified. It also has a 446kW solar installation, publicly available electric car charging stations, two green roofs and a green wall, numerous pollinator gardens, a rain garden, three rainwater harvesting systems, and three buildings built to LEED Gold and Silver standards.
“RVCC’s STARS Silver rating is a reflection of the College’s longstanding commitment to sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint,” said RVCC President Michael McDonough in a press release. “The College will continue to look for new and innovative ways to increase campus sustainability and to demonstrate environmental leadership in the classroom, across campus, and throughout the community.”
With more than 800 participants in 30 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is a widely recognized framework for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance.