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


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 also includes a new section on top performers overall by institution type (Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctoral/Research).


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2015 Sustainable Campus Index

STARS 2015 Annual ReviewThe 2015 Sustainable Campus Index highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The Impact Report also highlights best practices from over 50 U.S., Canadian and Mexican institutions that have submitted a STARS report in the last 12 months. Average trends in each impact area based on institution type and country are also included.


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STARS 2014 Annual Review

STARS 2014 Annual Review The STARS 2014 Annual Review features 105 higher education institutions that earned a STARS rating this year, representing institutions in the United States, Canada, Ecuador, Japan, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Some notable trends identified in the publication include an increase this year in reports submitted from Associate’s and Baccalaureate colleges, and an increase in average scores within subsequent STARS reports. A Tableau infographic accompanies the publication, allowing individuals to view the innovations and best practices referenced in the Review in a dynamic map display, with filtering options for institutional characteristics.

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The STARS 2013 Annual Review discusses the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), providing a look back at STARS and a glimpse at what is in store with the upcoming release of STARS 2.0. A Look Back covers the history of STARS, an overview of STARS Ratings, and a look at what has been happening in the last 12 months (July 2012 – July 2013).  A Look Ahead outlines changes that have been approved for STARS 2.0, including structural revisions, changes to credit weighting and scoring, new credits and credit revisions, changes in access, and new data accuracy measures.

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