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UNB Fredericton recognized as top performer in 2021 Sustainable Campus Index

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Nov 12, 2021

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton


The University of New Brunswick has been recognized as a top performer in the 2021 Sustainable Campus Index. UNB Fredericton ranks second internationally and first overall among doctoral institutions in coordination and planning.

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

"Congratulations to UNB Fredericton for their incredible work in creating a more sustainable world," said AASHE's executive director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Upon reading the innovative and high-impact sustainability initiatives within this report, I’m encouraged that the future we all need will soon be realized.”

This achievement highlights UNB Sustainability’s efforts for the development of an institution-wide climate change action plan and a campus sustainability plan for UNB Fredericton. These well-laid plans will be to lead the university towards the goal of being a leader in sustainability, a key value of UNB’s vision, UNB Toward 2030.

"This is only the second time that UNB Fredericton has submitted data to STARS and we showed an improvement across all categories,” said UNB’s sustainability coordinator Danielle Smith. “Being highlighted as a top performer in the 2021 Sustainable Campus Index further shows that UNB is on the right track to meeting our sustainability targets and eventually working toward a carbon-neutral future."


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 stars.aashe.org.


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 www.aashe.org. Follow AASHE on Facebook and Twitter.