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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Gold

STARS v2.1

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Gold 65.48 Andrea Russell March 30, 2018 Download
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 14.00 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 8.00 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00


Credit Status Points
Research and Scholarship Complete 12.00 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Assessing Sustainability Culture Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Continuing Education Not Pursuing 0.00 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 3.87 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 6.66 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00

Our newest construction, the Kathryn W. Davis Residence Village, is LEED-equivalent according to our architects, though it is not LEED certified.

Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 1.00 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.25 / 3.00
Much of the COA campus incorporates summer "cottages" built on the coast of Maine in the late 1800s. We work to retain their historic presence and attain our desire for sustainability. It is a balancing ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 3.72 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 1.78 / 4.00
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 2.39 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 2.00 / 2.00
In keeping with COA's culture of sustainability, COA's oceanfront campus has always been maintained organically. Recently, landscaping has focused on easier organic maintenance, and there has been a move toward focusing on native ... read more
Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Sustainable Procurement Complete 2.00 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.98 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.55 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.94 / 1.00
COA is located on a bridged island which is also home to Acadia National Park. It is a rural area with a vibrant tourist season. Public transportation consists of the Island Explorer bus system which ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.09 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.79 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.26 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 3.83 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.27 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 0.50 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 0.41 / 4.00
Rainwater Management Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 2.75 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 0.75 / 3.00
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Complete 1.08 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 0.70 / 1.00
Wellness Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Credit Status Points
Innovation A Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation B Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation C Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation D Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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