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Sustainability-Based Integrated Planning: Indicators & Alignment of Values, Principles, & Practices

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

S-BIP is a holistic, systems thinking approach to the alignment and application of sustainability-based values, principles, and practices with that of integrated planning (IP - as advanced by the Society for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Furman University's Approach to Integrating National and Campus Assessment Methodologies

  • Furman University (SC)

With the advent of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Ratings System (STARS) as an increasingly standard assessment protocol for campuses across the country, integrating national or external assessment protocols with ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability in Higher Education (SHE) Panel Discussion: STARS in Action at Two Universities of North Carolina

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Western Carolina University (NC)

In 2008, The University of North Carolina's 16-institution system adopted environmental sustainability as a core value. The UNC-Tomorrow Report called for individual university initiatives that move toward this goal ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Overcoming Challenges in Campus-Wide Energy Benchmarking

  • Cadmus Group, Inc. (FL)

Colleges and universities wanting to track their energy use may face several roadblocks. One is that for many campuses, buildings are not submetered, but grouped together as a single source ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Piloting STARS at a Small Baccalaureate Institution

  • University of Mount Union (OH)

Mount Union College (MUC) is a private, undergraduate, church-related institution in northeastern Ohio with about 2100 students and a staff of about 400 FTE. MUC is piloting the AASHE STARS ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The PCC, STARS and the 2030 Challenge: Going from the Conceptual to the Concrete

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Ice Miller LLP (IN)

This presentation will review the interrelation of obligations that institutions undertake when signing the Presidents Climate Commitment, implementing the Sustainable Tracking and Rating System (STARS), and adopting the 2030 Challenge ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Written in the STARS: Correlations Between Performance & Best Practices

  • University of Toronto (ON)

The STARS assessment framework presents a very interesting and informative set of data that measures both environmental performance and adoption of best practices. Gathering both types of information allows for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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2015 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2015 Sustainable Campus Index highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The Index also highlights best practices ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Benefits of Sustainable Purchasing

  • Green Seal (DC)

The credits in the AASHE Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) program can serve as a road-map to more sustainable purchasing policies. Green purchasing can benefit higher education campuses ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Power of Sustainable Purchasing

  • Green Seal (DC)

Summer marks the beginning of the new fiscal year on many campuses - this is a good time to do some housecleaning and review your purchasing policies. Green purchasing is an ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Is STARS Worth the Investment? Furman University’s Point of View

  • Furman University (SC)

After devoting much of the past fifteen months to painstakingly completing Furman’s first Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) 2.0 submission, while juggling myriad other professional and ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Role of Collaborative Review in Achieving STARS Platinum

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Colorado State University (CSU) has become the first institution to earn a Platinum rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). This achievement highlights the continuous improvement that ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Canadian STARS-Rated Campus Sustainability Plans: Priorities, Plan Creation and Design

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

The use of integrated sustainability plans is an emerging trend in higher education institutions (HEIs) to set sustainability priorities and to create a work plan for action. This paper analyses ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS 2014 Annual Review

  • AASHE (PA)

The STARS 2014 Annual Review highlights recent sustainability innovations and best practices from over 100 colleges and universities worldwide. The publication features 105 higher education institutions that earned a STARS ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS 2013 Annual Review

  • AASHE (PA)

The STARS 2013 Annual Review discusses the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), providing a look back at STARS and a glimpse at what is in store with the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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AASHE Interview Series: Sam Hummel, Director of Outreach, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

Last fall, AASHE partnered with the Green Products Roundtable (GPR) on a pilot project that examined the impacts associated with an average higher education institution's spending. One of the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Growth or Decline? The Form and Function of the Sustainability Agenda in Higher Education

  • University at Albany (NY)

Literature on organizational strategy in higher education suggests that colleges adapt to new circumstances based on differing motivations: some colleges are seeking new growth strategies while others are trying to ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The University of Hawai'i System Heads Toward its First Sustainability Policy

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)
  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (HI)
  • AASHE (PA)

This month AASHE was invited to give a keynote presentation and overview of its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) at the first-ever Hawai’i Sustainability in Higher Education ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Findings on Campus Infrastructure and Sustainable Development

  • AASHE (PA)

This article looks at infrastructure development among colleges and universities participating in STARS. Data related to building construction and maintenance, GHG emissions, and energy consumption can shed light on how ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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How Many Dots to Connect? Defining Sustainability in the Curriculum Pt. 2

  • AASHE (PA)

In part 1 of this post, I examined current practices for identifying sustainability courses and found that definitions of sustainability-focused and -related courses tend to leave too much room for ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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How Many Dots to Connect? Defining Sustainability in the Curriculum Pt. 1

  • AASHE (PA)

In an effort to track progress in sustainability education and promote sustainability courses, many colleges and universities have attempted to identify which courses they offer integrate sustainability concepts. As Alfred ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Quarterly Review: Winter 2012

  • AASHE (PA)

The Winter 2012 SQR: Recap & A Look Ahead, reviews recent developments related to the evolving concept of global campus sustainability and introduces changes that can be expected for STARS ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Blog: Response on Sustainable Investment among College Endowments

  • AASHE (PA)

Recent research summarized in a Greenbiz blog by Robert Kroop suggests that college and university endowments are no longer leaders in environmental, social, and corporate-governance (ESG) investment. A report from ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Why We Submitted a STARS Report Two Years In A Row

  • Babson College (MA)

If you recently completed STARS, you may be basking in the idea of not having to do it again for another few years. You might be reading the title of ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Quarterly Review: Fall 2012

  • AASHE (PA)

The Fall 2012 SQR: The Role of Institutional Diversity, explores how the diversity of STARS institutions has changed over time and how participation in STARS according to institution type compares ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Blog: Sustainable Choices for Students in the Upcoming Academic Year

  • AASHE (PA)

During the month of August, recent high school graduates across North America are completing final preparations for college and university life. New students face countless decisions, such as what to ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Blog: Advancing Sustainability during the Summer Transition

  • AASHE (PA)

Today more than ever, summer is a season of intense transition and opportunity at colleges and universities – an ideal time for advancing campus sustainability. While a new cohort of graduates ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Quarterly Review: Summer 2012

  • AASHE (PA)

The Summer 2012 SQR: Innovations in Campus Sustainability, explores the critical linkages between education, innovation, and sustainability. This issue highlights new and ground-breaking practices within the Innovation (IN) category of ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Facts: Strengths and Challenges for Two Year Institutions

  • AASHE (PA)

Gearing up for the launch of STARS 2.0 in 2013, the STARS team is developing and refining ideas for STARS that will raise the bar for advancing sustainability in ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Education for Sustainability in Career and Technical Education: A Multiple Case Study of Innovative Community College Programs

  • University of Idaho (ID)

Research indicates we are faced with environmental, social, and economic challenges and higher education is being called upon to provide education for a sustainable future. The literature surrounding Education for ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Quarterly Review: Spring 2012

  • AASHE (PA)

The Spring 2012 SQR: Framing Campus Sustainability, features stories that frame the evolving concept of sustainability in higher education. Included in this issue are a snapshot of ratings-to-date, a focus ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Facts and Best Practices: Affordability and Access

  • AASHE (PA)

With costs for higher education rising continuously, institutions’ affordability and access programs are rapidly becoming a major factor for student success during the college years and beyond. In order for ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS 2010: A Year in Review

  • AASHE (PA)

This report details the sustainability efforts found in the inaugural submissions to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, Rating & System (STARS), such as sustainability research opportunities, sustainable dining efforts, and campus-wide ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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A Study of the Implementation of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System

  • American University (DC)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is rapidly becoming the leading sustainability reporting tool for higher education. This research presents an analysis of STARS' strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Evaluating the Sustainability Tracking, Assesment and Rating System (STARS) at The Evergreen State College

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

Higher education provides an ideal setting for engaging in the dialogue of sustainability while creating opportunities to integrate sustainability into society today. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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UC San Diego vs. Preuss Ecology Club - Top Down vs Bottom Up

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

For a university like UC San Diego (UCSD), it appears that they are at the forefront of most innovative environmental projects and objectives. However, as they continue to receive national ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS "Path to Platinum" Collaborative Plan Implementation at Colorado State University

  • Colorado State University (CO)

As Colorado State University completed STARS 1.2 in late 2013, our score was near the Platinum threshold. We reviewed the 2.0 criteria and identified several initiatives that would ...

  • Posted June 10, 2015
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A mathematical decision-making procedure to assist in the development of sustainability plans based on the STARS framework

  • Dominican University of California (CA)

This study proposed an approach that consists of two criteria; number of possible points available and overall priority, and two linear mathematical models, which selected credits for short, medium and ...


Embedding Sustainability into Institutional Governance and Planning

  • University of Calgary (AB)

This brief describes a process for embedding sustainability as a core value and accountability within institutional governance and planning. The context is the University of Calgary, a research intensive institution ...

  • Posted June 17, 2011
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Get-on-the-Map: Mapping Sustainability at Ball State University

  • Ball State University (IN)

We have developed a web-based technique for collecting and sharing STARS reporting information. This "get-on-the-map" web site uses the STARS reporting categories to structure a display of icons as informational ...