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

Milestones

2006

2007

  • Feedback gathered 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.
  • STARS 0.4, a draft version of the rating system, released.

2008

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

2009

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

2010

  • STARS 1.0 released.

2011

  • STARS 1.1 released.
  • STARS International Pilot launched.

2012

  • STARS 1.2 released.
  • The Campus Sustainability Data Collector launched to allow institutions to share STARS data with third parties and reduce the “survey fatigue” associated with multiple reporting obligations.

2013

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

2015

2016

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

2018

  • A STARS Review Template and pilot program launched 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.

2019

2020

2021