Fair Trade Campus (3.0)

This is an optional Innovation & Leadership (IL) credit. IL credits recognize institutions that are seeking innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and demonstrating sustainability leadership in ways that are not otherwise captured in STARS. Scoring in the Innovation and Leadership section is capped at 10 bonus points total.

Credit Language

IL 9: Fair Trade Campus – version 3.0

Questions & Answers

How has this credit changed between STARS Version 2 and Version 3?

Minimal changes. A comprehensive list of differences can be found in the STARS 3.0 Summary of changes.

My institution purchases a number of food products that are Fair Trade certified. Does this qualify?

No, in order to qualify for this bonus credit, your institution must be designated a Fair Trade College or University by Fairtrade International/FLO and its members (e.g., Fairtrade Canada),Fair Trade Campaigns USA, or an AASHE-approved equivalent. Purchase of food products that are fair-trade certified earns points under the Dining Service Procurement credit.

Suggestions for Institutions

  • Access the Fair Trade College/University website for your region to determine if your institution is a member.

Potential Data Quality Issues

  • Documentation on formal Fair Trade designation must be provided.

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