The STARS Technical Manual is the definitive guide to STARS credits and reporting criteria. The data collected for each credit is documented in the online Reporting Tool.
STARS 2.1 Technical Manual | Administrative Update One | Published May 2016
Current participants will have a full year from launch to either report under version 2.0 (see below) or upgrade to the new version.
To view the changes from the Early Release Version (January 2016), see the Summary of Changes.
See table below or download a zipped file containing all credits.
PLANNING & ADMIN.
Air & Climate
Food & Dining
Coordination & Planning
Diversity & Affordability
Wellbeing & Work
* credit does not apply to all institutions
STARS 2.0 Technical Manual | Administrative Update Two | Published January 2014
Current participants will have a full year from the launch of STARS 2.1 to either report under version 2.0 or upgrade to the new version.
Archived versions of the Technical Manual are available, including detailed summaries of the changes made between each iteration.
The current version of STARS incorporates feedback and suggestions from hundreds of diverse stakeholders and experts (see the Technical Development Policy and archived versions of the Technical Manual).
The STARS governance structure collectively strives to ensure that each credit is objective, measurable, and actionable. STARS is designed to incorporate the full spectrum of sustainability achievement, and upper levels of achievement represent highly ambitious, long-term goals. Therefore there are some credits for which few, if any, institutions will achieve full points currently.
Given the diversity of higher education institutions, each STARS credit should be appropriate for most institution types. In order to accommodate this diversity, some STARS credits do not include detailed specifications but are instead flexible or open. In other cases, credits include an applicability criterion, so that the credits only apply to certain types of institutions. By following this approach, institutions are not penalized when they do not earn credits that they could not possibly earn due to their circumstances.