Since our first STARS report in 2011 (Bronze rating) and our second report in 2012 (Gold rating), we have utilized the information we learned from the report to increase our awareness and education of environmental topics on the NMSU campus and continue to improve our green practices.
From the time of our second report, NMSU has implemented numerous new concepts to increase student, faculty, and staff engagement in sustainability. One of the greatest impacts has been the $12 million Energy Services. Agreement that has lowered our energy costs, in some areas by 25%, thus lowering our greenhouse gas emissions. We continue to increase our class listing for sustainability-focused and related classes by creating the Greening the Curriculum program, funded by the President’s Office, which has added three sustainability minors to our curriculum.
The Environmental Education Center (EEC), managed by the Office of Sustainability, opened in the spring of 2015 creating a place for educating the campus and local community 011 green buildings, climate change topics and opening the space for webinars. Student club meetings are held at the EEC, and it serves as a place to educate students from K-12 schools across the state. With 17 LEED-certified buildings system-wide, we are continuing to build green buildings that greatly contribute to lowering our greenhouse gas emissions.
NMSU has earned a STARS Gold rating in 2017 with recognition of sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
We are currently updating the STARS report for 2020