Westminster College repeatedly receives recognition for its campus-wide sustainability efforts.
STARS Silver Rating
Every 2-3 years, Westminster uses the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) voluntary self-reporting framework to gauge the college’s progress toward
sustainability. To complete the report, the Environmental Center delves deep into the practices of the college. The rating system
considers the environmental, social, and economic impacts of campus sustainability actions, assigns the campus a rating, and shows what areas of campus need improvements and how to make them. In 2011, Westminster was the first institution in Utah to receive a silver rating and has since earned it in 2014, 2016, and 2019. Westminster
scores particularly well in campus engagement.
Princeton Review “Green College”
Westminster College was recognized in The Princeton Review’s 2019 “Guide to Green Colleges” as one of the nation’s most
environmentally responsible colleges, a recognition the college has received multiple times.
Sierra Club “Cool School”
Westminster has been recognized multiple times on the Sierra Club’s Cool Schools List, which recognizes institutions with high sustainability ratings. The Sierra Club
collaborates with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to gather STARS reports data for this list.
Reducing Westminster’s Carbon Footprint
There are many sustainable features of Westminster’s campus. Westminster currently has 3 solar arrays and purchases additional renewable energy credits to further reduce the campus’s energy footprint. The campus also has a LEED®
Platinum-certified building—the Meldrum Science Center—which features rain and snowmelt harvesting, energy efficiency (including solar panels), and advanced lighting controls. You can view these campus features and many more on the sustainability points map.
Gardens and Trees
Several gardens on campus were created in 2007 to showcase sustainable landscaping practices and were later rehabilitated by an Environmental Studies program capstone class. These outdoor learning spaces feature native plants, xeriscape principles, and wildlife habitats. There is even a
whole garden featuring plants included in the works of Shakespeare.
The Organic Garden is a special garden created and managed by the Environmental Center to serve as a space for students to collectively grow, eat, and learn more about sustainable food. Anyone can get involved.
You can also view information about the different tree species on campus on the tree inventory map.
Do Your Part
You can help create a more eco-friendly campus by taking advantage of the resources and services available to you as students, faculty, and staff.
Alternative Transportation Options
As a member of the Westminster community, you have access to multiple transportation options that can cut down on
your total greenhouse gas emissions during your commute.
- Free UTA premium transit pass: Current students, faculty, and staff receive an ID card that
serves as a free UTA premium transit pass. For questions, visit the reception desk in the Health,
Wellness, and Athletic Center.
- Long-term bike rental: The Bike Collective
offers a few long-term bike rental options.
- Designated green parking: Parking spots are available for carpools and fuel-efficient vehicles
in the lot between Jewett and Foster Hall.
- Electric vehicle charging stations: Charging stations are located on the main floor of the
northwest parking structure and under the southeast corner of Dumke Field.
- Rideshare board: The Environmental Center puts up a board in Bassis 2 weeks before every break to connect
people and help them carpool to their destination.