Distinctive Hope: Gold Stars

Hope has earned a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. While achieving the standard in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System is the headline, the college’s journey from aspiration, to Bronze (2012), to Silver (2017), to Gold reflects something more significant. It is the result of sustained effort by faculty, staff, students and alumni across campus and years to identify ways large and small to be good stewards of Creation, from simply recycling, to installing energy-efficient windows and lightbulbs, to adding trees and plant-bedecked roofs to make Hope not only figuratively but literally more green.