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April 8

April 8, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

MCC receives STARS Bronze Rating for sustainability achievements

OMAHA, Neb. – Metropolitan Community College has earned a STARS Bronze Rating in recognition of its 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. 
“Sustainability is the ability to endure by meeting our needs today and ensuring our children have the resources they need for generations to come. At MCC, we are continuously working to provide top-notch education and operate in ways that are economically sound, environmentally prudent and socially responsible,” said MCC president Randy Schmailzl. 
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.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Metropolitan Community College has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Bronze Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”
MCC’s Campus Planning and Sustainability department realizes the importance of sustainability is constantly strives to improve overall sustainability practices. The rating serves as a baseline to measure the progress the institution has already made, as well as how the College can improve as it moves forward. With more than 650 participants on six continents, 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 four overall areas: operations, academics, engagement and planning and administration.
“We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the STARS program. We are proud of our accomplishments and progress and look forward to building upon these efforts in the future,” said Sarah Murray, coordinator of sustainable practices.
Metropolitan Community College’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website:


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.