The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has created a university-focused sustainability tracking system. This system is entitled Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). VCU was awarded a Silver-level STARS rating in 2012 and again in 2015.
The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges profiles 347 institutions of higher education in the United States and 6 outside the U.S. that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparations. The guide is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges. VCU has been ranked in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Virginia Commonwealth University as a Bicycle Friendly University at the Silver level, making VCU among the top 40 schools for cycling in the country, and the highest in Virginia! See our results.
The Virginia Sustainable Building Network has long been recognizing sustainable building accomplishments throughout the state of Virginia.
- In 2012, the Pollak Arts Building won a Special Commendation for Best Green Institutional Project.
- In 2011, the VCU Office of Sustainability won the Most Sustainability Community Program award, while the VCU Cary Street Gym won the Best Green Institutional Project within higher education.
The Greater Virginia Green Building Council has awarded the following awards to VCU:
- In 2013, VCU was awarded the Green Building Leadership Award as a Public Sector Leader
- In 2011, the VCU Cary Street Gym was awarded LEED Gold
- In 2012, the VCU Rice Center Education Building was awarded LEED Platinum- the first in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- In 2013, VCU was awarded an honorable mention within the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards for our Sustainability Program
- In 2011, VCU was awarded a Silver Award within the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards for Environmental Projects for the VCU Rice Center
In 2010, VCU was awarded the Environmental College Pride Award from Keep Virginia Beautiful.