. . .

Gold Star Standards of Excellence

BEC GSSE logo

About the Program

The Maine Tobacco-Free College Network conducts the Gold Star Standards of Excellence recognition program annually to encourage and support Maine’s institutions of higher education that are addressing smoking and tobacco use by creating and maintaining smoke and tobacco-free policies.  Institutions of higher education are committed to providing as healthy and safe of an environment as possible for their students, faculty, staff and visitors.  We applaud and want to recognize these efforts.

All institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply annually. Schools that meet a minimum of six of the ten standards will be recognized with an award during a celebration event. Those institutions who have received awards in past years are encouraged to reapply for continued recognition and ongoing commitment to addressing smoking and tobacco use on campus.

Annual Program Timeline

Program application announcement: December – January
Applications due: late February/early March
Awards celebration: March