Officials with Hopkinsville Community College announced that the local college has received a bronze rating in an international program that encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
The program is called the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, otherwise known as STARS and is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
About 270 higher education institutions have participated in the program and HCC officials say the local college is the first institution in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the thirty-second community college in North America to be rated.
Officials say the bronze rating indicates an institution has shown basic sustainable behaviors in education and research, institutional operations, and planning, administration and engagement.
The local community college has operated under an institutional sustainability plan since 2008 and under the K-C-T-C-S plan since 2010.