The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS) is a voluntary, self-reporting framework established by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to recognize and gauge relative progress toward sustainability by colleges and universities.
Institutions earn points in three main categories: Education & Research; Operations; and Planning, Administration, & Engagement. Each of these categories includes subcategories such as Purchasing, Curriculum, Energy, and Human Resources. There is also an Innovation category to recognize pioneering practices that aren’t covered by other STARS credits. Education and Research Credits includes areas related to co-curricular education, sustainability materials and publications, sustainability-related or –focused courses, and faculty involved in sustainability research.
Operations Credits includes areas related to sustainability within buildings, dining services, transportation, hazardous waste management, and water consumption.
Planning, Administration & Engagement Credits includes areas related to sustainability coordination, support programs for under-represented groups, sustainable compensation, investments, and community sustainability partnerships. More information on AASHE and STARS can be found at http://stars.aashe.org/