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ACG recognized as a top performer in the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)!

The Office of Public Affairs proudly announces that The American College of Greece (ACG) has been highlighted as a top performer for its sustainability efforts in the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index for the firth consecutive year.

A publication from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Campus Index highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from colleges and universities that submitted a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report in the most recent calendar year.

“I am proud that ACG has achieved top performer status in such impactful areas of the Sustainable Campus Index 2020”, says Iliana Lazana, Vice President of Administration, The American College of Greece. “I would also like to congratulate the Office of Public Affairs for collaborating with all ACG departments and producing a great STARS report for 2020.”

Following this year’s landmark sustainability achievement of AASHE’s STARS Gold Rating, ACG was further recognized as a top performer in the following categories: (i) Grounds, (ii) Purchasing, and (iii) Wellbeing & Work, being the only institution outside the US and Canada included.

Home to a beautiful and welcoming 64-acre main campus in Athens, ACG actively engages in sustainable land management and landscaping, thus ensuring the protection of the abundant biodiversity found on campus grounds and surrounding lands.

In addition, following a newly revised purchasing policy with sustainability as the focal point, ACG actively chooses environmentally and socially sustainable products and services, supporting companies that showcase a commitment to sustainability. What is more, ACG’s catering providers have been supportive of our sustainability initiatives and actions from the early stages, collaborating with responsible departments on how to best implement sustainability practices in their operation. A recent example is the transition from offering single-use plastic take-away items for beverages and food to biodegradable alternatives.

The wellbeing of ACG community members has always been at the forefront of the College’s activities. By offering a variety of employee benefits, student and employee wellness programs, and focusing on the health and safety of our community members, ACG is maintaining and enhancing its commitment to its community.

“Congratulations to The American College of Greece for their incredible work in creating a more sustainable world,” said AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Through the leadership and action of change agents within ACG, I’m encouraged and hopeful that a just and equitable society will soon be realized.”