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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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STARS & Beyond: Adventures of an Embedded Librarian in the Campus Sustainability Office

  • University of Utah (UT)

Webinar [30 mins], presented by Amy Brunvand for the American Library Association Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) on 3/9/17. Amy Brunvand, an academic librarian at the University of Utah ...

  • Posted March 15, 2017
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Texas A&M gets ‘gold’ rating for campus sustainability

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Posted March 14, 2017
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Getting Started with STARS 2.1

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • AASHE (PA)

Watch this webinar for an overview of STARS 2.1, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System launched Spring 2016. STARS 2.1 includes a number of new features ...

  • Posted March 7, 2017
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SF State Submits Report for Sustainability Rating

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The Office of Sustainability at SF State will submit a report February 1 to participate in a sustainability rating program that tracks and assesses efforts for maintaining a food and ...


Strategic Planning for Sustainability in Canadian Higher Education

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

This paper reviews representations of sustainability in the strategic plans of Canadian higher education institutions (HEIs). A content analysis of the strategic plans of 50 HEIs was undertaken to determine ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Assessment tools’ indicators for sustainability in universities: an analytical overview

  • Technical University of Delft
  • King Saud University

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse 12 assessment tools of sustainability in universities and develop the structure and the contents of these tools to be more intelligible ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2017
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Top-Performing Institutions for Sustainability, 2016

  • Chronicle of Higher Education (DC)

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, or Aashe, recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability ...


The Future of Sustainability Leadership Rests with Higher Education

  • AASHE (PA)

Higher education institutions are poised to be leaders on the sustainability front. Not only are they able to develop responsible environmental policies and procedures for their campuses, but they are ...


Using STARS to Drive Change on Campus

  • AASHE (PA)

AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS provides a number of opportunities for ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainability Programs: Examining Why Typical Approaches Have Little Impact and a Transformational New Model for Making Change

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • Ryerson University (ON)

Reporting standards like the GRI, STARS and Carbon Disclosure Project are valued for being comprehensive, attracting participation and pushing the sustainability agenda forward. We will examine the benefit and limitations ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Creating a Living, Regenerative Campus Companion to STARS

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Praxis | Building Solutions, LLC (PA)

Leaders in campus sustainability, green building, and related fields are looking for ways to push beyond current practice into the realm of regenerative design and living environments. There is a ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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STARS; the Canadian experience

  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

STARS can be a powerful program for engaging the campus community, measuring progress in campus sustainability practices and benchmarking comprehensive sustainability reporting, but how well is the program designed for ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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STARS Town Hall

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

This interactive session will feature a small panel of STARS Steering Committee members and AASHE staff who will facilitate a high-level discussion about potential improvements to the STARS program. This ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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