Courtesy The Evergreen State College

Last month, The Evergreen State College was recognized for its work around environmental sustainability. The college was awarded a rating of “silver” by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, promote environmental justice, and more.

“It sets a benchmark for us to both measure our progress and use for planning next steps in the following years,” Evergreen’s Director of Sustainability Scott Morgan said in a statement.

The assessment showed the college performing best in the planning and administration areas for investment and finance; research; and campus engagement. Areas of improvement to focus on include food and dining and buildings.

Morgan said the school has been working toward certification from the AASHE and hopes to reach the more difficult-to-achieve gold or platinum level in the future.

For now, though, he said that the silver status is “a recognition of the ongoing work by many people on every level and in every corner of the campus.”

The certification lasts three years. This is the second time Evergreen has been recognized by AASHE.