Any college or university in the world may participate in STARS. Other types of secondary, post-secondary and tertiary educational institutions are also welcome. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no cost to register for basic access to the STARS Reporting Tool. To register, you will need to sign up for a free AASHE user account.
Upon initiating the registration process, you will be asked to provide contact information for a STARS Liaison (the initial primary point of contact for your STARS reporting) and an Executive Contact (president, chancellor, provost, or other executive) to be copied on the registration confirmation email.
Levels of Access
There are two levels of access available. You can move between the two as the needs of your institution change.
Use the free basic access option that comes with registration to track progress and manage data. Basic access will also allow your institution to submit a public report and earn recognition as a STARS Reporter.
Purchase a full access subscription to monitor your institution's score and earn a STARS Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating. Subscriptions may be purchased from the AASHE Portal at any time. Learn how to subscribe.
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.|
|Download your institution's sustainability data to share with stakeholders.
|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.|
|Gain recognition in The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges (U.S. and Canada).|
Monitor your progress toward a STARS rating with automated scoring.
|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.
|Gain recognition in Sierra magazine's Cool Schools ranking (U.S. and Canada).|
|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 STARS report .
|Access all public STARS data through the STARS API.