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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.

STARS v2.0

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, ON, CA


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Expired Expired Claire Bennett Dec. 20, 2013 Download
Laurier puts emphasis on providing formal education programs and courses that address sustainability. We offer numerous sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses, we have two undergraduate and four graduate programs in sustainability and offer a sustainability immersive ... read more
Credit Status
Academic Courses Complete
Learning Outcomes Not Pursuing
Undergraduate Program Complete
Graduate Program Complete
Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete
Incentives for Developing Courses Not Pursuing
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete
Laurier recognizes that sustainability research is crucial for advancing post-secondary institutions in the environmental field, and to develop new technologies, strategies and approaches to dealing with sustainability challenges. We publicly identify sustainability research on the ... read more
Credit Status
Academic Research Complete
Support for Research Complete
Access to Research Complete
Community involvement and partnerships are an integral part of the Laurier spirit. Laurier students make up a tremendous volume of engaged volunteers whether that be on campus or involvement with the local community. Last year ... read more
Credit Status
Community Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete
Continuing Education Not Pursuing
Community Service Complete
Community Stakeholder Engagement Complete
Participation in Public Policy Complete
Trademark Licensing Complete
Hospital Network Not Applicable
Laurier is a pledging partner of Sustainable Waterloo Region, an organization which holds us 3rd party accountable for all green house gas emissions, and for achieving our reduction targets. Laurier has pledged a 25% reduction ... read more
Credit Status
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete
Outdoor Air Quality Not Pursuing
Laurier is taking active steps in their building design and construction as well as operations and maintenance. We have 2 LEED Silver certified buildings on our Brantford campus, and are the in design phase of ... read more
Credit Status
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
Indoor Air Quality Complete
Laurier's food service provider, Aramark, ensures that sustainability efforts are integrated throughout all aspects of dining services at Laurier. They offer trayless, local, vegan dining and operate under a set of sustainability standards. Food ... read more
Credit Status
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Low Impact Dining Complete
Laurier's ground staff ensure that best practices are put in place to reduce the environmental impact of grounds-keeping duties, and to help build a welcoming campus atmosphere. Laurier has a comprehensive pest management plan ... read more
Credit Status
Landscape Management Complete
Biodiversity Not Pursuing
Laurier practices sustainable purchasing throughout many aspects of the institution. 100% of purchased computers are EPEAT gold, almost all of our cleaning products are Green Seal or Ecologo certified (all but one product used), and ... read more
Credit Status
Electronics Purchasing Complete
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Inclusive and Local Purchasing Not Pursuing
Life Cycle Cost Analysis Not Pursuing
Guidelines for Business Partners Complete
Laurier aims to ensure that many sustainable transportation options are available to all staff, faculty, and students. We have many facilities for bicyclists including repair stations, covered and locked bike racks, and shower and locker ... read more
Credit Status
Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete
In 20012 Laurier achieved a 60% waste diversion rate which is in compliance with the Ministry of Environment's waste management targets. We achieved a 96% construction waste diversion rate for our two most recent ... read more
Credit Status
Waste Minimization Complete
Waste Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Laurier has created a swale under a building downspout, a 10,000 L below ground water cistern in a low grade area prone to flooding, and a 2350 L above ground water cistern. These provide ... read more
Credit Status
Water Use Complete
Rainwater Management Complete
Wastewater Management Complete
Laurier has several plans in action in order to benchmark sustainability efforts, make and achieve specified goals, and provide guidelines for staff, faculty, and student behavior. Laurier’s Academic Plan identifies sustainability as a core ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Coordination Complete
Sustainability Planning Complete
Governance Complete
Laurier has a Diversity & Equity Office comprised 5 full-time and 9 student-staff employees. The office strives to foster an atmosphere of equity and inclusiveness at Laurier. They work with a number of equity related committees ... read more
Credit Status
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Support for Future Faculty Diversity Not Pursuing
Affordability and Access Complete
Through the Human Resources department, Laurier faculty and staff are provided with sustainable compensation, an employee assistance program, on-site childcare, and a socially responsible retirement plan. New employees are provided with information regarding sustainability at ... read more
Credit Status
Employee Compensation Complete
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Not Pursuing
Wellness Program Complete
Workplace Health and Safety Complete
Credit Status
Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Not Pursuing
Innovation 4 Not Pursuing

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.