Prescott College Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

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Prescott, AZ– April 4, 2022 - Prescott College has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.  


Prescott College’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website:


"The submission of our STARS report is built upon a decade of effort from many members of our community who have contributed to Prescott College’s sustainability leadership in higher education—a vision that has been rejuvenated under new leadership,” says Sustainability Coordinator, Zach Czuprynski, who led the completion of the STARS report.

“I do want to single out Zach Czuprynski, who took the lead on this from the moment he arrived last June, coordinating and overseeing the many pieces of work that made up this report, and doing it all with his characteristic good humor and unflagging determination,” says Laird Christensen, Co-Director of the Green Mountain Center for Sustainability and Faculty Director of the MS in Resilient and Sustainable Communities and MS in Environmental Studies.

With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) academics 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership. 

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Prescott College has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions. 


About Prescott College
Prescott College seeks to educate students of diverse ages and backgrounds to understand, thrive in, and enhance the world community and environment. Prescott College sets the standard for academic excellence through experiential, collaborative education that transforms diverse learners into leaders who make a difference. Committed to social justice and environmental sustainability, the college serves local and global communities through innovative and intellectually adventurous liberal arts and professional programs. For more information, visit



AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.  It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. For more information about AASHE, visit


For more information about the STARS program, visit



Heidi Robbe, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Prescott College, (630) 400-3329


Meghan Fay Zahniser, Executive Director, AASHE, (888) 347-9997