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Office of Sustainability STARS Report celebration scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30

The Office of Sustainability will submit the final Sustainability Tracking Assessment Reporting System report this Friday. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance, and was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, with broad participation from the higher education community. NMSU earned a bronze rating in 2011 and is striving for gold this year.

We are having a celebration of the completion of the report and everyone is invited to be there when we hit the "SUBMIT" button. Please join us in the Facilities and Services Large Conference Room (trailer behind Facilities and Services building on the south side of campus) at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, to see the final report submitted. We want to thank you all for all the efforts you've made on behalf of the environment at NMSU. Carpool with others or walk on over. See you there!

For more information about STARS visit stars.aashe.org . To learn more about NMSU's sustainability efforts contact joni newcomer at newcomer@nmsu.edu.

Office of Sustainability has relocated to Regents Row

The Office of Sustainability is now located in Regents Row Rooms 102 and 104. This will be our temporary home until we move around the corner to our new office and the Environmental Education Center, a space where anyone from the campus community can come learn more about sustainability. Stop by to see us in our new space!

August Sustainability Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday

The Sustainability Council's monthly meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 8, in Milton Hall, Room 85. Items on the agenda include announcement of the newly appointed 2012 Leadership Team, STARS update and general sustainability updates. The council still needs to find a chair for the Operations Committee, so if you're interested in this exciting position please contact joni newcomer.

For more information contact joni newcomer, Office of Sustainability manager, at 646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Office of Sustainability needs NMSU community's help with report

New Mexico State University made a pledge in 2007 to become a more sustainable university, when university leaders signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Shortly thereafter, NMSU's Climate Action Plan was written and changes began happening on the campus.

In 2011, joni newcomer, NMSU manager of environmental policy and sustainability, completed a report that helps NMSU track its sustainable practices and set goals for improvement. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, simply known as AASHE STARS, is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

NMSU's first effort with AASHE STARS reporting earned the university a Bronze rating. This year's goal is to achieve Silver, by better reporting NMSU's current efforts, and improving on those already in progress.

This report allows NMSU to report its level of sustainable efforts in four general areas of university operations - education and research; operations; planning, administration and engagement; and innovation. Beneath each category fall several subcategories - all information that needs to be populated with information about the university - from curriculum and research to student programs and outreach.

The NMSU Office of Sustainability is seeking volunteers to help gather and submit the information needed for this year's AASHE STARS report. If you would like to volunteer, or you know of research, curriculum and outreach at the university that has sustainable components to it, please contact the Office of Sustainability at 575-646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu.

For more information about the AASHE STARS program visit https://stars.aashe.org/pages/about/. To view NMSU's 2011 AASHE STARS report visit https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/new-mexico-state-university-nm/report/2011-09-07/.

For more information, or to help with the report, contact joni newcomer at newcomer@nmsu.edu or 646-7563.

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