STARS is the product of an extensive stakeholder engagement process that began in 2006 and continues to this day.
- The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) issued a call for AASHE to develop a campus sustainability rating system.
- AASHE gathered feedback from workshop participants at the AASHE 2006 conference.
- AASHE gathered feedback from workshop participants at the 2007 Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit, the 2007 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference, and the 2007 Greening of the Campus Conference.
- AASHE released STARS 0.4, a draft version of the rating system.
- STARS Pilot Project initiated.
- AASHE released STARS 0.5 to public comment.
- STARS Pilot Project ended.
- AASHE opened STARS Charter Participant registration.
- AASHE released STARS 1.0.
- AASHE released STARS 1.1.
- AASHE launched the STARS International Pilot.
- AASHE released STARS 1.2.
- AASHE launched the Campus Sustainability Data Collector to allow institutions to share STARS data with third parties and reduce the “survey fatigue” associated with multiple reporting obligations.
- AASHE released STARS 2.0, which includes open international registration and two levels of access.
- Administrative Update One to STARS 2.0 published.
- Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico) became the first institution outside the U.S. and Canada to earn a STARS Bronze rating.
- Colorado State University became the first institution to earn a STARS Platinum rating.
- AASHE published the first Sustainable Campus Index (SCI), highlighting top-performing colleges and universities in 17 impact areas.
- AASHE released STARS 2.1.
- AASHE staff began reviewing all scored reports prior to publication as part of a collaborative review and revision process.
- Stanford University and the University of New Hampshire became the second and third institution, respectively, to earn a Platinum Rating.
- AASHE released a STARS Review Template and pilot program to encourage and support independent review of reports prior to submission.
- Sierra magazine and The Princeton Review announced that they will use published STARS reports as the basis of their annual rankings.
- University College Cork became the first institution outside North America to earn a STARS Gold Rating.
- The University of California Irvine and Thompson Rivers University became the fourth and fifth institutions, respectively, to earn a Platinum Rating.