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Mohawk recognized as top performer

A photo of Mohawk's pollinator garden on the roof of H Wing.Mohawk College has been recognized as a top performer in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, ranking second in the areas of Waste reduction and second overall among top performers for associate colleges.

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas, and overall, by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

The Index also recognized Mohawk for being one of only four associate colleges pursuing Research credits under the STARS program. The report references Mohawk’s work in modernizing and refining electrical power systems and the college’s work with local businesses and non-profits to identify and commercialize new ideas.

“We’re proud to be recognized among the top performers in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index. This report brings together the leading post-secondary institutions in North America that are helping to shape the future of higher education through a lens of sustainability.”
Alan Griffiths, Manager Sustainability
“Mohawk College’s strong performance in the areas of Waste reduction and Research demonstrates significant leadership and commitment to advancing sustainability. We are pleased to recognize Mohawk for working to secure a thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world by incorporating sustainability into campus operations, administration, engagement and academics.”
Meghan Fay Zahniser, AASHE’s Executive Director

Mohawk’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website: https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/mohawk-college-on/report/2016-01-25/

Fast Facts

  • Mohawk scored 77.9% on waste reduction to achieve the number two spot. The Canadian average is 45.8%, while the U.S. average is 42.6%.
  • The college earned a STARS (Silver) rating from the AASHE in March 2016.
  • 767 institutions have registered to use the STARS tool, and 290 of those institutions have received rankings (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum)
  • 58 Canadian colleges and universities have registered to use the STARS tool, and 30 of those institutions have received ratings: 4 Bronze; 14 Silver; 12 Gold; 0 Platinum
About Mohawk

Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.