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CNM Receives Bronze Rating for Sustainability Achievements

May 20, 2014 -- CNM has earned the STARS Bronze rating for its wide-ranging sustainability efforts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.


STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a reporting tool that provides a comprehensive set of measures for tracking and encouraging sustainability in all areas of higher education, from curriculum to energy efficiency. CNM received the STARS Bronze designation for sustainability efforts involving operations, academics, engagement, planning, administration and innovation. Click here for a comprehensive report that provides detailed scoring of CNM and its efforts to go green.

“We are very proud to have achieved a STARS Bronze rating for our sustainability efforts,” said Luis Campos, executive director of CNM’s Physical Plant. “CNM has been able to make great progress in sustainability because of the passionate support of our students, faculty and staff. We’re making significant strides in so many areas of sustainability, from green building and land use to curriculum development and using our sustainable facilities as living labs for our students. We’re looking forward to making a lot more progress year by year as we join so many others in the cause to preserve resources, protect the environment and educate our young people on the importance of sustainability.”

The data gathering and documentation process for STARS will help CNM develop baselines for sustainability practices in specific areas, and it highlights areas for improvement. STARS, which is used by higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada, will allow CNM to measure its progress moving forward and compare itself with other institutions around the country and Canada.

The STARS implementation is another milestone for CNM’s go-green efforts. During the Spring Term, CNM participated in the 2014 Recyclemania Tournament, a national, two-month competition among colleges and universities to see which institution could recycle the most waste. CNM recycled 51 percent of its waste over the two-month period, ranking 25th out of 256 colleges and universities.

Earlier this year, CNM installed photovoltaic units on Ken Chappy Hall at Main Campus, the Westside I building at Westside Campus, the Rio Rancho Campus building and the Workforce Training Center. Besides producing power for the buildings, the units are available to serve as “Living Labs” for students and faculty members. For example, chemistry instructors could use the units to teach their students about how materials in the panels are used to generate power or mathematics instructors could have their students practice math equations that relate to the energy produced by the solar panels.

CNM has also proven its commitment to building green in recent years. CNM’s newest building, Westside I on the Westside Campus, is currently under consideration for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and could receive Gold status. The Rio Rancho Campus building, which opened in fall 2010, received LEED Gold certification, becoming the largest higher education building in the state to receive Gold status. The Student Resource Center on Main Campus, which also opened in fall 2010, received LEED Silver certification. Two recent and major renovation projects, Jeannette Stromberg Hall and the Advanced Technology Center, each received LEED Gold status for renovation projects. The renovation of Tom Wiley Hall on Montoya Campus also received LEED Silver.

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