What is STARS?
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) developed the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) program in 2006 to accomplish two primary goals: Track sustainability progress within an institution and share this progress with other institutions. As a tracking tool, STARS provides standards for an institution to measure their existing and proposed sustainability programs, projects, and goals. As a sharing tool, STARS publishes individual results for other members of the program. Using these methods for tracking and publication, STARS provides a comprehensive and standardized means for universities across the United States and Canada to measure and compare their unique sustainability programs and performances relative to other institutions.