CNM Awarded Silver Rating for Sustainability Efforts

October 26, 2016 -- CNM was recently awarded a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for its sustainability efforts. AASHE administers the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) to which CNM reports.
CNM Awarded Silver Rating for Sustainability Efforts

Oct 26, 2016

STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Participating institutions are eligible to earn a STARS bronze, silver, gold or platinum rating. Rated institutions are also featured in the highly regarded “Sustainable Campus Index,” an annual publication that highlights top performers and best practices in 17 impact areas covering academics, community engagement, campus operations and leadership.

CNM received a bronze rating on May 19, 2014, and the silver rating this year.

“It is relatively difficult to move up an entire level in that short of time, but we did it,” said Molly Blumhoefer, CNM’s Campus as a Living Lab and Sustainability Project Manager. ”This is something to be very proud of.”

In the last few years, CNM has amped up its sustainability goals and actions, not only to support the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment that was signed by CNM President Kathie Winograd in 2008, but to increase CNM’s emphasis on the connection between environment, society and economy.

“In fact, one of the new management changes in Phase 3 of CNM’s Budget Reduction Plan is to continue to implement college-wide energy usage reduction initiatives,” Blumhoefer said. “The goal is to complete the plan with estimated savings of five percent in the utilities budget by July 1, 2017. This supports both our environmental and budgetary goals”.

She added that “CNM is working on developing energy standards, policies, staff /student trainings and communications plans to raise awareness surrounding our energy use to assist with bringing down our carbon consumption and utility costs.”