In response to Drake's growing commitment to sustainability, we have been recognized by several organizations as a leader in sustainability in higher education.
Drake University has earned a STARS Bronze rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. STARS is designed to provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education, enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements, create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability, facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance, and build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.
Drake is recognized as a Tree Campus Higher Education university by the Arbor Day Foundation. In order to achieve this recognition, Drake has a Campus Tree Advisory Committee, a Campus Tree Care Plan, a Campus Tree Program, a Service Learning Project and an observance of Arbor Day.