A New Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework:

The UC Project Management Institute is a Registered Provider
with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education
Systems. Credit earned on completion of this program will be
reported to CES Records for AIA members. Certificates of
Completion for non-AIA members are available upon request
([email protected]).
This program is registered with the AIA-CES for continuing professional education.
As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval
or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of
handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. Questions related to
specific materials, methods and services will be addressed at the conclusion of this
Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating
System (STARS)
A Tool for
Evaluating Campus Sustainability
Goals of STARS
 Provide a guide for advancing sustainability in all
sectors of higher education
 Enable meaningful comparisons across and within
 Create incentives for continual improvement
 Facilitate information sharing
 Build a stronger, more diverse campus
sustainability community
Elements of STARS
 Checklist of indicators (similar to LEED)
 Two tiers of indicators
 Thresholds of achievement
 Guidance and resources
 Comprehensive – all campus sectors
 Transparency (public reporting and access)
 Outside certification optional
 Rating good for 3 years
 Participatory development process; pilot phase began in Feb.;
version 1.0 in 2009
Rating v. Assessment
 Assessment:
 Evaluation of many sustainability practices
 Able to compare individual metrics
 No aggregation
 Rating:
 Aggregation of many sustainability indicators
 Point values assigned to allow aggregating
 Total score (single metric) determines “rating”
Why “Rating” Not “Ranking”?
A voluntary rating system:
 Allows for more in-depth questions
 Provides a clear standard, while ranking creates
a moving target
 Generally more transparent
 Only gives positive recognition
 More inclusive
 Enables collaboration
Categories of Credits
 Education & Research
Ex: Curriculum, Research, Co-curricular Ed., Faculty and Staff
Development and Training
 Operations
Ex: Buildings, Dining Services, Energy and Climate, Grounds,
Waste Management, Purchasing, Transportation
 Administration & Finance
Ex: Community Relations and Partnerships, Diversity, Access, and
Affordability, Human Resources, Investment, Planning,
Sustainability Infrastructure, Trademark Licensing
Sample Credit
OP Credit 17: Electronic Waste Recycling Program
Institution has a comprehensive electronic waste (e-waste) recycling and/or reuse program. The program
includes collecting all institution-owned electronic products and, at least annually, electronic materials from
students. All of the e-waste collected is refurbished, donated, or recycled domestically.
Complete the online STARS submittal form for this credit. The form requests:
□ The weight in pounds, volume in cubic yards, or number of electronic materials collected for reuse or
□ The destination(s) for collected materials
□ A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other
components of institution’s e-waste program
□ A statement that the submitted information is accurate to the best of a responsible party’s knowledge and
contact information for the responsible party
This credit recognizes institutions that have e-waste recycling and/or reuse programs. E-waste typically
contains toxic components, such as lead and mercury, that can contaminate soil and groundwater, and have
detrimental human health impacts if handled improperly. At the same time, e-waste contains components
that can be recycled. Likewise, computers, cellular phones, and other electronic materials can be donated or
re-sold at reduced cost to non-profit organizations and community groups. Domestic recycling helps to make
sure workers’ basic safety is protected and environmental standards are met.
Get Involved in STARS
 Become a reviewer
 Join AASHE-Rating update list
 Information: www.aashe.org/stars
 Contact: [email protected]
This concludes the American Institute of Architects
Continuing Education Systems Program.

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