STARS is the product of an extensive stakeholder engagement process that began in 2006 and continues to this day.

Milestones

2006

2007

  • 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.

2008

  • STARS Pilot Project initiated.
  • AASHE released STARS 0.5 to public comment.

2009

  • STARS Pilot Project ended.
  • AASHE opened STARS Charter Participant registration.

2010

  • AASHE released STARS 1.0.

2011

  • AASHE released STARS 1.1.
  • AASHE launched the STARS International Pilot.

2012

  • 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.

2013

  • AASHE released STARS 2.0, which includes open international registration and two levels of access.
  • Administrative Update One to STARS 2.0 published.

2015

2016

  • AASHE released STARS 2.1.
  • AASHE staff began reviewing all scored reports prior to publication as part of a collaborative review and revision process.

2017

2018

  • 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.

2019