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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.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.30
Liaison Sarah Munro
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Connecticut
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sarah Munro
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Environmental Policy
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
President’s Endorsement of the 2020 Vision for Campus Sustainability & Climate Leadership

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In December of 2015, President Susan Herbst encouraged the development of a tight, strategic sustainability plan with goals and clear measures for 2020. In the fall of 2016, UConn developed its 2020 Vision for Campus Sustainability & Climate Leadership, a 2-page document (linked below) encompassing a number of feasible and measurable short-term targets for the following categories: energy & buildings, waste reduction & diversion, outreach & engagement, water resources, food & dining, grounds, open space, & conservation areas, purchasing, and transportation. With an emphasis on climate action and long term sustainability, UConn will continue tracking all of these categories, each with its own specific measurable outcome. For example, the 2020 Vision includes a goal to reduce average daily potable water use by 30% by 2020 vs. the 2005 baseline average.

In her “Welcome Back” email to the UConn community on January 16th, 2017, President Susan Herbst officially endorsed the 2020 Vision as a means for “continued progress and an even more sustainable future.” Meanwhile, discussion groups have been held among environmental leaders on campus, including the UConn Contingent to COP22 and a student summit of environmental organizations and involved students, to discuss the 2020 Vision and incorporate student feedback.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Coordination & Planning

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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