UNLV Sustainability Council Established

A UNLV Sustainability Council has been established.

The mission of the council is to advance sustainable practices on campus through education, research, activities, development, and operations to make social, environmental, and economic sustainability integral to the culture of UNLV. The council serves as a connection for faculty, staff, and students to collaborate and to create a bridge between ideas and their practical implementation. 

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's has a program called STARS, which stands for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). It is a self-reporting assessment tool for universities and colleges to track and rate their sustainability programs. UNLV has obtained a Silver rating twice, once in 2011 and again in 2015. The council voted to focus on improving UNLV's rating in STARS. UNLV now has a "Goal of Gold on a Path to Platinum." In order to move up in the ratings, the campus will need to increase the number of sustainability programs and projects it is engaged in and also improve processes that will allow us to capture the required data for existing and new projects.This is truly a campuswide endeavor. 

Currently the council meets once a month and is comprised of individuals from across campus. There are students, staff, and faculty on the council. Rebel Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (Rebel SWATeams) have been created to provide opportunities for members of the campus community to get engaged and work on tangible projects that will increase our rating in STARS and create a more sustainable campus environment. A Student Sustainability Council also will be created.

If you would like to learn more or would like to be a member of one of our Rebel SWATeams, please email monica.garcia@unlv.edu.

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