Log In

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating Systemâ„¢ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

AASHE's 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

AASHE's 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

Download the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). In response to feedback, this year’s publication includes a new section on top performers overall by institution type (Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctoral/Research). This report also highlights over 70 innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions that submitted STARS reports in the 12 months prior to July 1, 2016.


The following organizations helped to make this publication possible through their sponsorship: Fair Trade Colleges & Universities, The GREEN Program, and WRNS Studio. We’re grateful for their support of campus sustainability!


The images used throughout this publication are provided courtesy of STARS top performing and highlighted institutions. Thank you to the 80 colleges and universities that shared images through the Campus Sustainability Hub, AASHE’s new online resource library. While we weren’t able to include every submitted image in the publication, our new SCI 2016 Photo Gallery includes a comprehensive list of all SCI 2016 images. We hope that AASHE members will enjoy this visual accompaniment to the publication!