CWU Sustainability

Central Washington University's AASHE STARS Bronze Rating

In August 2019 Central Washington University completed the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) to assess its sustainability performance. CWU received a bronze rating with a score of 34.5 out of 100 possible points. Completion of the STARS assessment was a great accomplishment that provides CWU with a tool for strategically moving forward to continue to improve sustainability at CWU. 

In his October 2019 State of the University Address, Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino celebrated CWU's Bronze rating and set the goal of becoming a Gold or Platinum rated campus. 

CWU's AASHE STARS report (submitted July 2019, valid until July 2022)

Read CWU's coverage of our AASHE STARS rating 

Central Washington University's Tree Campus Higher Education Recognition 

In recognition of its efforts to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees, the Arbor Day Foundation honored CWU as a 2019 Tree Campus Higher Education campus. CWU received the national award for meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards. The standards include: maintaining a tree advisory committee, instituting a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for a campus tree program, hosting an Arbor Day observance, and establishing student service-learning projects.

Read about CWU's Tree Campus Higher Education status.

CWU Included in Sierra's 2021 Cool Schools

Central Washington University was included in Sierra's 2021 Cool Schools list. This is the 15th year Sierra has ranked colleges and a record 328 schools across the United States and Canada participated in the survey. 

Visit the Sierra website to see a complete list of Sierra's 2021 Cool Schools participants

CWU Included in the 2022 Princeton Review to Green Colleges

Central Washington University is one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review®. The education services company features Central Washington University in its website resource, The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2022 Edition, released on October 26, 2021. The guide is accessible for free at

The Princeton Review chose the 420 schools in the guide based on its survey of administrators at 835 colleges in 2020-21 about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. The company's editors analyzed more than 25 survey data points to select the schools.