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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 v2.0

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Gold 66.39 Shane Stennes Dec. 15, 2015 Download
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 8.52 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 2.91 / 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 Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Sustainability related research happens in many different colleges and departments at the University of Minnesota, which is a comprehensive land-grant institution with professional schools and major centers of excellence. To find an expert on sustainability ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Research Complete 7.60 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Access to Research Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Complete 1.80 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 1.20 / 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
Employee Educators Program Complete 0.01 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Continuing Education Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 2.64 / 5.00
Community Stakeholder Engagement Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Hospital Network Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
The University has been working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations for over a decade. In 2004, the University joined the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), a voluntary, market-based tool for capping and reducing emissions ... read more
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 3.02 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
The built environment is a critical element of the University's sustainable operations program. How we construct and operate buildings significantly influences the amount and type of resources consumed by the institution's core mission ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 0.11 / 4.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.41 / 3.00
Indoor Air Quality Complete 0.89 / 1.00
On-campus residential and retail dining services are provided through ARAMARK. The University community and on-site ARAMARK staff work positively together to advance a more sustainable food system. Over the course of the past two years ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.43 / 4.00
Low Impact Dining Complete 1.12 / 3.00
Energy consumption and the means of energy production are critical to campus sustainability efforts. To that end, the University's department of Energy Management is guided by and optimizes the following three principles in the ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 2.51 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.00 / 4.00
Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 1.93 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.98 / 1.00
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete 0.73 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.77 / 1.00
Inclusive and Local Purchasing Complete 0.25 / 1.00
Life Cycle Cost Analysis Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Guidelines for Business Partners Complete 1.00 / 1.00
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota. University Parking and Transportation Services leads the University's efforts to develop transformation infrastructure and programs to support this tremendous ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.16 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.54 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.72 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
The University's waste recovery services program has been nationally recognized for its outstanding efforts in recycling implementation. Over 3,800 tons of recyclable materials are processed annually; this is equivalent to 41% of the ... read more
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization Complete 1.69 / 5.00
Waste Diversion Complete 1.30 / 3.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.69 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Rainwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Wastewater Management Complete 0.00 / 1.00
The University's sustainability efforts are guided by the Board of Regents Policy: Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (http://regents.umn.edu/sites/regents.umn.edu/files/policies/Sustain_Energy_Efficie...). The policy defines sustainability as a "continuous ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Governance Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 0.10 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Complete 0.92 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Innovation 1 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 2 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 3 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 4 Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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