SPOKANE, Wash. — The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has awarded Gonzaga University a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements.

The rating is based on performance in academic curriculum and research, engagement with the campus community and public, operations (air and climate, buildings, energy, food and dining, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water), planning and administration, and innovation and leadership.

Jim Simon, Gonzaga’s director of sustainability, said the school has a system that tracks sustainability and resiliency efforts and ensures that Gonzaga is reducing its contribution to global climate change.

Meghan Fay Zahniser, executive director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, said Gonzaga has “demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability.”