Dominican University of California is committed to sustainability as described in its mission and strategic plan. It has also adopted a specific statement on this topic in 2007:
"Dominican University of California models and instills the values and theories of reverence, interdependence, sustainability, social justice and stewardship into the entirety of its learning environment. The Dominican learning environment encompasses the education programs as well as maintaining green working and living spaces, and adopting policies and business practices that minimize our environmental footprint. Dominican strives to increase the awareness, knowledge, skills and sense of purpose within our students, faculty, staff and community to best meet the needs of the present, while creating a future that is just and sustainable for all."
In 2012, we have completed a comprehensive assessment of how our campus compares to others regarding its sustainability commitment according to the guidelines provided by the "Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System" (STARS) of the "Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education" (AASHE). For more information on the assessment tool used please go to the following website: https://stars.aashe.org/
This assessment placed Dominican at a Bronze level rating, with a total score of 34.59 points.
This objective, data-driven analysis has helped us identify our strengths and weaknesses, and will help us move strategically toward our goals.
Detailed information about the sustainability-related practices recognized by AASHE STARS that Dominican currently has can be found in the links below. They are separated in four main categories as defined by the assessment tool used.
MAIN ASSESSMENT CATEGORIES
Education and Research
Planning, Administration and Engagement