PILOT Program (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 21: PILOT Program – version 3.0

Questions & Answers

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

This is a new new bonus credit in STAR. A comprehensive list of differences can be found in the STARS 3.0 Summary of changes.

What is payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT)?

This term refers to voluntary payments made by tax-exempt organizations to contribute toward the cost of the public services they consume.

Suggestions for Institutions

  • Work with your institution’s community and/or government relations office(s) or similar to determine whether PILOT compensation is already offered, and/or to consider implementing such compensation.

Potential Data Quality Issues

  • There must be evidence that the institution participates in payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT), or an equivalent program designed to compensate local authorities for public funds lost due to tax exempt status.

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