Any college or university in the world may participate in STARS. An institution is defined by having a separate and distinct administration (e.g. president or chancellor). Institutions that are part of a larger system must have an administration that is separate and distinct from others in the system to participate independently. If your institution or organization does not meet these requirements, but you believe that you have a compelling case for participation, please email email@example.com.
How to Participate
To gain access to the STARS Reporting Tool, you will need a free AASHE user account. You can create a new account or reset your password in the AASHE portal (AASHE membership is not required). Once you have logged into the portal:
- Select your institution as your identity when prompted (individuals cannot subscribe).
- Under My Profile, select "Manage Organization Contacts" and ensure there is a designated "STARS Primary Contact" for your institution.
- Click "Subscribe to STARS" under the Subscriptions section.
- Select the "STARS (Subscriber Level)" and follow the prompts to submit payment (if applicable).
If you require assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two types of subscriptions available. You can move between the two as the needs of your institution change.
Use the free basic access option to track progress and share data.
Purchase a full access subscription to monitor your institution's score and earn a STARS Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating.
The table below outlines the cost of an initial one-year STARS subscription for AASHE members and non-members. There is a 50 percent renewal discount for all subsequent subscriptions purchased prior to or within 90 days of expiration.
|OECD Country||$900 USD||$1400 USD||No cost|
|Non-OECD Country*||$450 USD||$700 USD|
|Least Developed Country (LDC)*||$225 USD||$350 USD|
* Institutions located in LDCs should apply promo code GLOBAL75 when purchasing a full access subscription. Institutions located in other non-OECD countries should apply promo code GLOBAL50.
The benefits associated with each level of access are outlined in the following table:
|Full Access||Basic Access|
|Use the online STARS Reporting Tool to measure your institution’s current sustainability performance and create a baseline for continuous improvement|
|Streamline your sustainability reporting efforts by sharing STARS reporting data with other organizations (e.g. Sierra magazine and The Princeton Review)|
|Participate in the ongoing development of STARS through governance and other opportunities to provide feedback and help shape the system|
|Publicly share your institution's sustainability data and earn recognition as a STARS Reporter|
Monitor your progress toward a STARS rating with automated point calculation and the option to export data into .csv and .pdf formats.
|Receive AASHE staff support to help ensure the accuracy of your public report before it is published. Learn more about the collaborative review and revision process.
Gain global recognition for your sustainability efforts with a STARS Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating.
|Receive promotion in social media and recognition AASHE’s annual Sustainable Campus Index|
|Compare and learn from other institutions of similar type and demographic - access benchmarking charts, filter and download data for analysis (AASHE members only), and download any institution's report in .csv or .pdf format
|Access all public STARS data through the STARS API