Appalachian State University received high rankings again in the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a tool for gauging the relative degree to which institutions of higher learning are implementing planet-friendly initiatives. Rankings were prepared in 18 categories from data submitted by 828 participating institutions. Appalachian State placed first among institutions awarding at least 50 master’s degrees and fewer than 20 doctoral degrees each year. The school scored 38.22 of 40 points in academic categories, 20 of 20 points in campus engagement, and 16 of 18 in research. Appalachian State offers 228 undergraduate and 82 graduate courses on sustainability-related topics, and an additional 876 courses addressing sustainability but not as their focus. It furthermore has hosted the Appalachian Energy Summit since 2011, and as a result, the 17 University of North Carolina system campuses have saved $499 million in utility costs. The college is now working toward eliminating all trips to the landfill with a focus on purchasing practices. Appalachian also received high scores for building operations, maintenance, design, and indoor air quality. For this and more, Appalachian will retain its STARS Gold status, which it shares with 104 other schools.