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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.

Data Use Guidelines

AASHE believes that transparency is a key component in communicating sustainability claims. As a result, STARS data are made publicly available through individual STARS reports, and through some STARS Data Displays. 

In submitting data and information to AASHE, STARS participants grant AASHE the right to use the submitted data for purposes of research, reports, publicity, comparison, or other such uses. STARS data can be used in research and other publications, outside of what is produced by AASHE, provided that the following guidelines are met: 

  • STARS ratings are based on the overall submission and should always be communicated in that manner (i.e., ratings are not awarded in specific categories of STARS). 
  • AASHE recognizes that STARS data may contribute to rankings done by other organizations. These rankings, as well as the methodology for evaluating and scoring, are not endorsed by AASHE. 
  • Any reference to STARS data must be attributed to AASHE. 
  • The information presented in STARS is self-reported and has not been verified by AASHE or a third party. However, AASHE has adopted several data accuracy mechanisms to protect the credibility of STARS and provide a fair and transparent means for resolving questions about the accuracy of STARS data (see STARS Data Accuracy Policy). 
  • AASHE encourages individuals and organizations to use STARS data in a professional and respectful manner that captures the intent of being transparent with sustainability claims. Individuals and organizations that wish to use STARS data for purposes other than research and publications, should contact AASHE at [email protected].

If you have questions about citing STARS or other aspects of STARS data, please contact Monika Urbanski, AASHE's Data and Content Manager at [email protected].