AASHE staff will respond to the request and ask for a written proposal for how the program or standard could be incorporated into STARS.
The proposal will be shared with the appropriate STARS Technical Committee. The Technical Committee will discuss the proposal with a representative from the AASHE staff and consider the questions listed below. Note that no particular answer to these questions will necessarily determine whether to include a standard or program in STARS. Rather, these questions are meant to give the Technical Committee a better understanding of the standard or program so they can make an informed recommendation.
- What is the uptake or use of the standard or program in higher education (provide a quantitative description)?
- Are the criteria for recognition under the standard or program publicly available?
- Who developed the standard or program?
- Who administers the standard or program?
- Does the governing body have any conflict of interest in developing or administering the standard?
- Does the standard or program have mechanisms for ensuring that data it uses are accurate?
- What are the costs of participation and who pays them? (Are the people that this standard is meant to help able to participate or are they priced out?)
- Is the standard or program supported by relevant social and environmental organizations?
- Is it a science-based standard or program?
- What is the scope of the standard or program?
- Is it a global standard or program? If not, are there international equivalents?
- How does the standard or program compare with other standards or programs addressing the same issue?
- Is it a leadership standard or program (i.e. is it designed to recognize performance that is substantially better than the norm or mandate continuous improvement)?
- Is this standard or program life-cycle based?
- Which inputs are included (waste, energy, and.or materials)?
- Which phases of the life-cycle of the product or service are addressed in the standard (material extraction, shipping, manufacturing, retailing, use, and/or end of life)?
- Which impacts are considered (air, atmosphere, land, water, and/or human health)?
- Does the standard or program include criteria addressing social dimensions of sustainability?
- Does the standard or program include performance criteria? (How well the product/service serves its purpose?)
The Technical Committee, with input from staff, will make a recommendation to the STARS Steering Committee as to whether including this standard or program would add value to STARS.
The STARS Steering Committee will review the recommendation from the Technical Committee and decide on the appropriate response.
AASHE Programs staff convey the outcome of the Steering Committee discussion back to the Technical Committee and responds to the organization who posed the request.