There is no cost to register, however you will need to sign up for a free AASHE user account. Any college or university may participate. Other types of secondary, post-secondary and tertiary educational institutions are also welcome.
Basic access will allow you to track progress, manage data and submit a public report to earn recognition as a STARS Reporter. A subscription is required, however, to monitor your institution’s provisional score and submit for a STARS Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Rating.
The majority of institutions with STARS subscriptions also maintain an AASHE membership. If your institution is not already a member, please note that membership provides a $550 discount on an initial STARS subscription and $330 on subsequent renewals. In addition to these substantial savings, your entire campus community will have access to many valuable member benefits, all designed to assist in your efforts to advance your school’s sustainability efforts. Please contact us with any questions about obtaining an AASHE membership.
The table below outlines the fees for a one-year STARS subscription for AASHE members and non-members. To encourage ongoing participation, renewal subscriptions (i.e., those that are purchased within 90 days of the expiration of a previous subscription) receive a discount of 40 percent. Learn more about how to subscribe.
|Subscription||$975 USD||$1525 USD|
|Renewal||$585 USD||$915 USD|
To help ensure that full participation is accessible to all institutions, the following discounts are provided. STARS is a collaborative project; these discounts are made possible by institutions in High-Income Countries that pay the standard fee. Only one discount code can be applied per subscription.
|Discount||Amount||Code to be used at purchase|
|Lower Income Country¹||80 percent||LIC80|
|Middle Income Country²||60 percent||MIC60|
|Hardship³||Varies based on need||Apply|
¹ Lower Income Countries are defined by the World Bank.
² The Middle Income Countries discount applies to both Lower-Middle and Upper-Middle Income countries, as defined by the World Bank.
³ An institution whose current financial circumstances prohibit participation may request a one-time Hardship discount. To apply, please complete this form.
|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 information and earn recognition as a STARS Reporter.||✔||✔|
|Use the STARS Benchmarking Tool to compare your institution’s performance against other college and universities (AASHE members only).
|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.||✔|
|Gain global recognition for your sustainability efforts with a STARS Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Rating that is valid for three years.||✔|
|Gain recognition in Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools ranking (U.S. and Canada) and BestColleges.com’s Greenest Universities ranking (U.S.).||✔|
|Receive recognition in AASHE’s annual Sustainable Campus Index.||✔|