Each credit in STARS has a specific time frame from which the reported information must be drawn. Although you should reference the Credit Checklist and Technical Manual to determine the specific timeframe for each credit, generally speaking there are three types of timeframes in STARS:
- Programs, policies, plans and initiatives should be ongoing or active as of the anticipated date of your next STARS submission.
- Quantitative performance year data should be the most recent data available from within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission. (Credits that also request baseline year data allow any year from 1990 to the present.)
- Activities or events must have taken place within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
When resubmitting, it may not be necessary to update every credit as long as the information being reported is still valid at the time of submission.