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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

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Gold 65.01 Liz Tomaszewski May 23, 2017 Download
At WPI, learning has always been about combining theory and practice. In today’s complex world, sustainable solutions must incorporate both of these concepts. WPI students are introduced to sustainability challenges through WPI’s two-course ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 9.51 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 3.07 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 1.50 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete 1.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete 2.00 / 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
WPI engages students and employees in sustainability through an Eco-Reps program as well as an active Student Green Team. In recent years, these groups have organized a variety of sustainability outreach programs, including a dorm ... read more
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 Complete 0.25 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 1.25 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 2.59 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 2.40 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 6.00 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
WPI is committed to being a campus that incorporates the values of sustainable design in all aspects of site and building design, construction, maintenance, and operation procedures. In February 2007, WPI's Board of Trustees ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 0.65 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.65 / 3.00
WPI has recently completed major building retrofits at Gateway I and the Rubin Campus Center that are on track to reduce total campus electricity usage by 11%. This included ventilation optimization, building automation system optimization ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 4.03 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.01 / 4.00
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 0.50 / 2.00
Biodiversity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Sustainable Procurement Complete 1.25 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.85 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.83 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.39 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.07 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.70 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.34 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 4.32 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.86 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 0.00 / 4.00
Rainwater Management Complete 0.50 / 2.00
WPI Task Force on Sustainability provides leadership and coordination for WPI's campus-wide efforts in energy and resource conservation and reduction in the harmful environmental impacts of our operations. The task force produces an Annual ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 1.25 / 3.00
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.78 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 0.88 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 2.00 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 2.29 / 4.00
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Complete 1.24 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 1.05 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Green Laboratories Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Stormwater Modeling Complete 0.50 / 0.50
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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