How Does Western Measure Up?

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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a framework to measure sustainability performance. A common set of measurements allows institutions to compare their sustainability progress over time.
In 2018 Western received a Gold STARS rating. Only a few universities in Canada have higher scores than Western, and we continually strive to increase our STARS score. Our current score is a Gold with 74% of credits. This is an improvement over our 2014 Gold which received 67% and our first report in 2011 when we scored 52% and earned Silver. With more collaboration and understanding of STARS, maintaining a sustainable environment on campus has become a university-wide initiative.
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings is a widely used source of data analysis and insight on university rankings around the world. THE has been analyzing university performance for almost five decades and their data and benchmarking tools are used by many of the most prestigious universities globally. 
THE's Impact Rankings 2021 assess universities against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and the most recent report positions Western in the top five per cent of more than 1,100 universities from 94 countries and regions. Western ranked eighth in Canada and 52nd in the world. This year Western improved its global rankings in six goals that included sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption, commitment to healthy water eco-systems, and clean water and sanitation.