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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 Silver
Overall Score 55.50
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date July 22, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Vassar College
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 4.00 David Bishop
Manager of Mechanical Trades
Buildings & Grounds
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for existing buildings?:
Yes or No
LEED for Existing Buildings or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) No
The DGNB system, Green Star Performance, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Building, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:

There are 2 buildings on campus, Davison Dorm and Swift Hall, that were recently renovated in accordance with LEED Certified criteria, however formal certification was not pursued.


Total floor area of eligible building space (operations and maintenance):
2,400,000 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level ---
Mid-Level ---
Highest Achievable Level ---

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level ---
4th Highest Level ---
Mid-Level ---
2nd Highest Level ---
Highest Achievable Level ---

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for existing buildings:
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Floor area of building space that is maintained in accordance with formally adopted sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies, but NOT certified:
2,400,000 Square Feet

A copy of the sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies:
The date the guidelines or policies were formally adopted:
July 1, 2010

A brief description of the sustainable building operations and maintenance program and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

All building space is operated in accordance with sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines and policies that cover energy consumption (OP -8), use of environmentally preferable materials (OP-13), indoor air quality (OP-5), and water consumption (OP-26).


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and policies:

Buildings & Grounds oversees implementation of and compliance with our building conservation practices. Building set points, cleaning, and maintenance are all managed centrally and all renovations go through a formal capital project planning process, during which these standards are met.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines or policies is available:

In Summer 2014 we will be investigating LEED for Existing Buildings and whether or current practices would qualify us for certification.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.