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AASHE STARS Credits through ENERGY STAR®

  • AASHE (PA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Download this five-page guide for a summary of ENERGY STAR tools and resources that could be used to earn AASHE STARS credits (version 2.1, July 2017), including credit descriptions ...


2018 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating ...


STARS Reporting as an Undergraduate Educational Opportunity

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois, a STARS Gold Campus, has a strong focus on expanding its campus sustainability efforts. Since our 2017 report, administrators have made an increased effort to align ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Using STARS reporting as a framework for a modular campus sustainability plan

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Creating a campus sustainability plan can be a daunting and complex task. In addition, limited staff and financial resources may also be barriers to creating a robust sustainability plan. The ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Shooting for the STARS - How your Campus can use STARS to Measure Progress Toward the SDGs

  • University of Calgary (AB)

In late 2017, the University of Calgary was selected by public vote as a UN Sustainable Development Goal winner in Canada. The majority of outcomes that attracted this positive recognition ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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STARS Town Hall

  • AASHE (PA)

This session will feature a preview of the next version of STARS (2.2) from AASHE staff and will also provide an opportunity for attendees to pose questions and participate ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Is STARS Pre-Submission Review Required Now?

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • Creighton University (NE)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

As part of our efforts to improve STARS data quality, AASHE released a STARS Review Template and conducted a STARS Review Pilot in spring 2018. Over a dozen Pilot participants ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Mapping the Pathway to STARS Platinum

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)

AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is the leading North American green/sustainable campus rating system developed by colleges and universities for colleges and universities. STARS provides ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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AASHE STARS: Field Notes From New Adopters

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • Sightlines (CT)

The AASHE STARS program is invaluable. It provides higher education institutions a unified platform for assessing and reporting their contributions towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. However, obstacles ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Leverage Key Facilities Metrics to Advance Sustainability - Survey Could be 'Gateway Drug' to STARS

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)

Most participants know that STARS is a holistic value laden intensive survey that has produced fantastic results and encouraged sustainability success from campuses. Overall, by reviewing and implementing the AASHE ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Earning AASHE STARS credits via the ENERGY STAR Buildings program

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Colleges and universities can use ENERGY STAR's free tools and resources to earn credits in all four categories of AASHE STARS v2.1 -- Academics; Engagement; Operations; and Planning & ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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JUST Label and STARS – Comparison and Synergies

  • AASHE (PA)
  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

The JUST Program has been adopted by organizations worldwide as a robust organizational transparency platform with a specific lens into social equity performance. As organizations and institutions seek to be ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2018
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UCC becomes first university outside the US to win top Green award

  • AASHE (PA)
  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The University College Cork is the first institution in Ireland to earn a STARS Gold rating.

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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Dickinson's Online Sustainability Dashboard

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson is monitoring our sustainability performance over time and holding ourselves accountable for advancing sustainability practices. Our online sustainability dashboard allows users to explore up to date performance metrics for ...


An analysis of Canadian STARS-rated higher education sustainability policies

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Uptake of sustainability into campus administration has been identified as important for establishing and maintaining campus sustainability initiatives because of its ability to institutionalize sustainability on campuses. This paper explores ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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A Living Laboratory: How the University of Dayton Went from Green to Gold

  • University of Dayton (OH)

This spring, the University of Dayton earned a gold rating in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education sustainability tracking, assessment and rating system (STARS). This is ...

  • Posted June 25, 2018
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Initiating STARS at Soka University of America

  • Soka University of America (CA)

In the Spring of 2016, our group of four Sustainability Committee student representatives came together and decided that our primary goal was to succeed in getting our university’s first ...


Voluntary disclosure of sustainability reports by Canadian universities

  • University of Hamburg

In contrast to corporate firms, voluntary sustainability reporting by universities is still in its infancy. Against this background, we have investigated which Canadian universities report their sustainability performance and what ...


Everything You Need to Know About STARS 2.0

  • Alfred State College (NY)
  • AASHE (PA)

Tune in to learn about the new and improved STARS 2.0, which made its debut in the fall of 2013. Led by AASHE staff and the STARS Steering Committee ...

  • Posted April 3, 2018
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Educating for Sustainability Webinar Series - Introduction to Sustainability in the Curriculum and STARS (It's more than science)

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

This webinar offers participants resources and tools on how to develop a framing of sustainability that moves beyond science to address its economic and social equity dimensions. Participants will identify ...

  • Posted March 20, 2018
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Contributing to Campus Sustainability Culture through Purchasing, STARS

  • Green Seal (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • EPEAT/Green Electronics Council (OR)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (MN)

In partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, AASHE explores how sustainable procurement can transform campuses and the economy in this webinar series, Sustainable Campus: Sustainable Consumption (SC2).

Participants in ...

  • Posted March 9, 2018
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An aggregated and dynamic analysis of innovations in campus sustainability

  • Smith College (MA)

Purpose: This paper aims to compose a systematic understanding of campus sustainability innovations and unpack the complex drivers behind the elaboration of specific innovations. More precisely, the authors ask two ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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Put Your Best Report Forward: STARS Data Quality Boot Camp

  • AASHE (PA)

Gain the tools you need to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the Princeton Review and Sierra sharing deadline! Every STARS 2.1 report undergoes a standard collaborative ...

  • Posted Feb. 8, 2018
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University Sustainability: Assessing College Sustainability Rating Systems

  • Yale University (CT)

This paper seeks to assess the three major university sustainability rating systems in the United States on their ability to drive positive sustainability outcomes. Since the mid-2000s the Association for ...


Don’t Get Left Out: Navigating New Processes for Sharing STARS Data with Sierra and Princeton Review

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sierra Club (DC)
  • The Princeton Review (MA)

Since 2012, AASHE has collaborated with Sierra magazine and The Princeton Review to allow colleges and universities to use the STARS Reporting Tool to share their sustainability data for potential ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2018
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An Analysis of STARS as a Sustainability Assessment System Universally Usable in Higher Education

  • Technical University of Delft

Sustainability assessment has become an important tool for measurement of higher education institutions. Although there are many potential tools for measuring an institutions’ level of sustainability, this paper explores the ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2017
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Research on the suitability improvement of the standard of green campus in China based on STARS

  • Zhejiang University

Under the tide of green building, many countries introduce actively evaluation standards of green campus and develop the construction of green campus. China introduced the Green Campus Evaluation Standards (CSUS ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2017
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How to achieve Silver in STARS and not die trying?

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Sustainability is something quite new in universities in Latin America, specifically in Mexico. Since the launch of STARS as a pilot in 2011 our university decided we wanted to be ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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STARS Scoring as Metrics for a University Strategic Plan

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Appalachian Experience: Envisioning a Just and Sustainable Future, provides direction for the Appalachian State University campus over the course of the next five years. The authors of the plan ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus All-STARS: a model for streamlining reporting, improving performance, and creating synergies to advance sustainability

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington is a globally recognized leader in sustainability. That leadership is only possible through the dedication and work of our many and diverse campus partners ranging from ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Presidential Power: Examining the Language of Executive Campus Commitments

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Over the course of the past decade, hundreds of college and university presidents have committed to an array of sustainability goals through platforms like Second Nature's Climate Commitment, the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Mining STARS Data: Results & Lessons Learned From Quantitative Research Exploring Variation in Food/Beverage Purchasing Scores

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

AASHE's STARS program offers great opportunities for monitoring campus sustainability progress and exchanging new ideas. In addition, the STARS database can support quantitative research in campus sustainability whose results ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Road to Gold: Sustainability Success REALLY IS Written in the STARS

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) has become a vital tool for Texas A&M University. Over time, we have learned how to better leverage STARS to improve sustainability ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Introducing the new STARS Peer Review Protocol

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)
  • AASHE (PA)

As part of our efforts to continuously improve STARS data quality, AASHE is considering implementing a new STARS Peer Review protocol beginning with the launch of STARS 2.2 in ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Institutional Boundaries: Creating Clarity in a Time of Complex Third-Party Partnerships

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

When was the last time you thought about your 'institutional boundaries' - the first credit in AASHE STARS? As higher education institutions continue to expand and evolve through innovative third-party partnerships ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus Sustainability Reporting and WikiRate

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Worcester

The University of Michigan (US) and the University of Worcester (UK) are using their sustainability data (STARS and HESA [UK Higher Education Statistics Agency]) to create and test a common ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Leveraging AASHE STARS for Organizational Change

  • Boston University (MA)

Boston University's Sustainability Director and [email protected] Intern for STARS will review their process for gathering, vetting, and reporting data for submission to STARS. STARS has allowed the University ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Transforming Sustainability at Texas A&M University

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

Prior to the master plan update, Texas A&M had a series of district plans to direct campus development. These plans supported various campus districts, but where the plan boundaries met ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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AASHE STARS as a Framework for Sustainability Master Planning: Purdue University

  • Heapy Engineering (OH)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Alignment and integration are two of the key concepts driving Purdue University Office of Campus Master Planning and Sustainability's effort to develop a five year Sustainability Plan for Purdue ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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STARS Town Hall

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • AASHE (PA)

This interactive session will feature a presentation from AASHE staff about the ongoing technical development of STARS and a high-level discussion about potential improvements to the program. This session will ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Transportation Programs: Nationwide Trends & Practical Case Studies

  • American University (DC)
  • University of Arkansas (AR)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
  • Sightlines (CT)

Emissions created by commuting-related activities are a major component of many institution's greenhouse gas inventories. Yet, these emissions sources are notoriously difficult to mitigate. There are a number of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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2017 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (PA)

This publication highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 impact areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). This report also ...

  • Posted Nov. 28, 2017
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UNH gets top ‘green campus’ status

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • AASHE (PA)

Fosters.com article captures the University of New Hampshire's STARS Platinum achievement.

  • Posted Oct. 25, 2017
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Sustainability in the Higher Education System: An Opportunity to Improve Quality and Image

In view of the increasing importance attributed to social responsibility and stakeholder relationship management, more universities have expanded their research topics and their educational programs through the years. High attention ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2017
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Mapping Sustainability Assessment and Reporting in the UK Tertiary Education: A Whole-institution Perspective on Sustainability Assessment and Reporting Tools

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A plethora of assessment and reporting ‘tools’1 has become available for the improvement of sustainability performance in Further and Higher Education(FHE). As the profile of sustainability ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Sustainability on the Other Side of the Stacks An embedded librarian in the Sustainability Office

Sustainability on the Other Side of the Stacks: An embedded librarian in the Sustainability Office By Amy Brunvand, American Libraries, The Scoop [blog], May 22, 2017 (online, part of a ...


Sustainability Assessment Report for Philadelphia University by using AASHE STARS Credit System

  • Philadelphia University (PA)

This project is a thesis research on sustainability at Philadelphia University. The University is known regionally for its sustainability initiatives and education. The university has won several awards and recognitions ...


Applying a transportation rating system to advance sustainability evaluation, planning and partnership

  • James Madison University (VA)

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe a pilot application of the Sustainable Transportation Analysis & Rating System (STARS), and highlight how a sustainability rating system can be ...


Successful Sustainability Efforts, Action from Constructive Communication

  • University of North Texas (TX)
  1. Understand the field and the reach of technical communication in relation to how it affects campus sustainability efforts, specifically, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) report and in ...
  • Posted April 26, 2017
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Repeat performance: CSU earns second STARS Platinum

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This news story from Colorado State University mentions highlights from the university that helped it achieve AASHE STARS Platinum rating for the second time, the only university thus far to ...

  • Posted April 21, 2017
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