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CategorySubcategoryCredit Number and TitlePoints availableApplicable to:Minimum requirementRequires completion of a separate inventory, assessment or survey?TimeframePursuing?
(Yes, No, N/A)
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Institutional CharacteristicsIC 1Institutional BoundaryRequiredAll institutions.Institution has defined the boundary to be used for its STARS report. Most recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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IC 2Operational CharacteristicsRequiredAll institutions.Institution has current operational data (e.g. campus area, gross square feet/metres of floor area, endowment size).Most recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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IC 3Academics and DemographicsRequiredAll institutions.Institution has current demographic data (e.g. FTE enrollment, FTE employees, number of people living on-campus).Most recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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Academics (AC)CurriculumAC 1Academic Courses14All institutions.Institution conducts an inventory to identify its sustainability course offerings. YesMost recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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AC 2Learning Outcomes*8All institutions that have degree programs.Institution’s students graduate from degree programs that include sustainability as a learning outcome or include multiple sustainability learning outcomes.Most recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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AC 3Undergraduate Program*3All institutions that have undergraduate majors, academic programs, or the equivalent. Institution offers at least one sustainability-focused, undergraduate-level major, degree program, minor or concentration.Current program status and offerings as of the anticipated date of submission.
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AC 4Graduate Program*3All institutions that offer at least 25 distinct graduate programs. Institution offers at least one sustainability-focused, graduate-level major, degree program, minor, concentration or certificate.Current program status and offerings as of the anticipated date of submission.
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AC 5Immersive Experience*2All institutions that offer immersive educational programs. Institution offers at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program. Programs offered during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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AC 6Sustainability Literacy Assessment4All institutions.Institution conducts an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students.YesMost recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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AC 7Incentives for Developing Courses2All institutions.Institution has an ongoing program that offers incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses or departments. Programs or incentives offered within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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AC 8Campus as a Living Laboratory*4All institutions where students attend the physical campus. Institution is utilizing its infrastructure and operations for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research that contributes to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus.YesProjects and initiatives currently in progress or conducted within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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ResearchAC 9Research and Scholarship*12All institutions where research is considered in faculty and/or staff promotion or tenure decisions.Institution conducts an inventory to identify its sustainability research activities and initiatives. YesMost recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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AC 10Support for Research*4All institutions where research is considered in faculty and/or staff promotion or tenure decisions.Institution has programs to encourage and/or support sustainability research.Active programs and policies, and incentives offered within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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AC 11Open Access to Research*2All institutions where research is considered in faculty and/or staff promotion or tenure decisions.Institution has a formally adopted open access policy that ensures that versions of future scholarly articles by faculty and staff are deposited in a designated open access repository.Current policies and programs as of the anticipated date of submission.
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Engagement (EN)Campus EngagementEN 1Student Educators Program*4All institutions that have students enrolled for credit. Institution coordinates an ongoing peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program for students (sometimes known as an “Eco-Reps” program).Current program status and offerings as of the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 2Student Orientation*2All institutions that hold student orientation. Institution includes sustainability prominently in its student orientation activities and programming.Activities from the most recent semester (or equivalent), the most recent year, or the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 3Student Life2All institutions.Institution has co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives.Currently available programs and events that occurred during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 4Outreach Materials and Publications2All institutions.Institution produces outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge.Currently used outreach materials and publications as of the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 5Outreach Campaign4All institutions.Institution holds at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students and/or employees that yields measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability.Most recent campaign(s) for which data is available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission .
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EN 6Assessing Sustainability Culture1All institutions.Institution conducts an assessment of campus sustainability culture that focuses on sustainability values, behaviors and beliefs. YesMost recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 7Employee Educators Program3All institutions.Institution administers or oversees an ongoing faculty/staff peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program.Current program status and offerings as of the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 8Employee Orientation1All institutions.Institution covers sustainability topics in new employee orientation and/or in outreach and guidance materials distributed to new employees. Activities from the most recent 1, 2 or 3 years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 9Staff Professional Development2All institutions.Institution’s staff participate in sustainability training or professional development opportunities that are provided or supported by the institution. Current program status and offerings and training and professional development activities that occurred within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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Public EngagementEN 10Community Partnerships3All institutions.Institution has one or more formal community partnership(s) with school districts, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, NGOs, businesses and/or other external entities, to work together to advance sustainability.Current partnerships and/or partnerships that were active during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 11Inter-Campus Collaboration3All institutions.Institution collaborates with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community.Current membership status and collaborations that were active during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 12Continuing Education*5All institutions that offer continuing education or community education programs. Institution offers continuing education courses that address sustainability and/or has at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department.YesMost recent data available from within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission and current program status and offerings.
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EN 13Community Service*5All institutions that have undergraduate students.Institution has data on student engagement in community service.Most recent annual data available during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 14Participation in Public Policy2All institutions.Institution advocates for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability.Efforts that took place during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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EN 15Trademark Licensing*2All institutions whose logo is trademarked and appears on apparel and that are eligible for FLA and/or WRC membership. Institution is a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) or the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC).Current participation status as of the anticipated date of submission.
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Operations (OP)Air & ClimateOP 1Greenhouse Gas Emissions10All institutions.Institution has conducted a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory that includes, at minimum, Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions.YesMost recent data available from the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission and data from a baseline year.
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OP 2Outdoor Air Quality1All institutions.Institution has 1) adopted policies or guidelines to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources on campus and/or 2) completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary sources on campus. Current programs, policies and practices and inventories of annual emissions completed or updated within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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BuildingsOP 3Building Operations and Maintenance*5All institutions that have occupied building space that is eligible for certification under a green building rating system for existing buildings. Institution owns and operates buildings that are 1) certified under a green building rating system for existing buildings (e.g. LEED O+M) or 2) operated and maintained in accordance with formally adopted sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines and policies.Current certification status of buildings as of the anticipated date of submission.
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OP 4Building Design and Construction*3All institutions that have new construction and renovation projects completed within the previous five years that are eligible for certification under a green building rating system for new construction.Institution owns buildings that were constructed or underwent major renovations in the previous five years and are 1) certified under a green building rating system for new construction and major renovations (e.g. LEED BD+C) or 2) designed and built in accordance with formally adopted green building guidelines and policies.Current certification status of buildings as of the anticipated date of submission.
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EnergyOP 5Building Energy Consumption6All institutions.Institution has data on grid-purchased electricity, electricity from on-site renewables, district steam/hot water, energy from all other sources (excluding transportation fuels), and gross square feet/metres of floor area.Most recent data available from the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission and data from a baseline year.
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OP 6Clean and Renewable Energy4All institutions.Institution A) generates electricity from clean and renewable energy sources on campus, B) uses renewable sources for non-electric, on-site energy generation, C) catalyzes the development of off-site clean and renewable energy sources, or D) purchases the environmental attributes of electricity in the form of RECs, GOs, or renewable electricity from a certified green power purchasing option.Most recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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Food & DiningOP 7Food and Beverage Purchasing*6All institutions that have on-campus dining services operated by the institution or the institution’s primary on-site contractorInstitution and/or its primary dining services contractor conducts an inventory to identify food and beverage purchases that have sustainability attributes.YesMost recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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OP 8Sustainable Dining*2All institutions that have on-campus dining services operated by the institution or the institution’s primary on-site contractorInstitution's dining services have programs and initiatives to support sustainable food systems and minimize food waste.Current policies or programs as of the anticipated date of submission.
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GroundsOP 9Landscape Management*2All institutions with managed grounds comprising one or more percent of the total area of the campus.Institution’s grounds include areas that are managed under 1) an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program and/or 2) a sustainable landscape management program that has eliminated the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides in favor of ecologically preferable materials.Current programs and practices as of the anticipated date of submission.
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OP 10Biodiversity*1-2All institutions with managed grounds comprising one or more percent of the total area of the campus.Institution conducts an assessment to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas on institution owned or managed land.YesCurrent programs and the most recent assessment(s) completed or updated within the five years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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PurchasingOP 11Sustainable Procurement3All institutions.Institution 1) has written policies, guidelines or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across commodity categories institution-wide, 2) employs Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) as a matter of policy and practice when evaluating energy and water using products, systems and building components, or 3) has published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating products and services.Current policies and practices as of the anticipated date of submission.
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OP 12Electronics Purchasing1All institutions.Institution purchases EPEAT registered products for desktop and notebook/laptop computers, displays, thin clients, tablets/slates, televisions and imaging equipment.Most recent data available as of the anticipated date of submission.
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OP 13Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing1All institutions.Institution’s main cleaning or housekeeping department and/or contractor purchases cleaning and janitorial paper products that are certified to meet multi-criteria sustainability standards.Most recent data available as of the anticipated date of submission.
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OP 14Office Paper Purchasing1All institutions.Institution purchases office paper with post-consumer recycled, agricultural residue, and/or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified content.Most recent data available as of the anticipated date of submission.
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TransportationOP 15Campus Fleet*1All institutions that have a motorized vehicle fleet. Institution supports alternative fuel and power technology by including in its motorized fleet vehicles that are hybrid, electric and/or alternatively fueled.Most recent data available as of the anticipated date of submission.
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OP 16Student Commute Modal Split*2All institutions where students attend the physical campus. Institution conducts a survey to gather data about student commuting behavior.YesMost recent data available during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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OP 17Employee Commute Modal Split2All institutions.Institution conducts a survey to gather data about employee commuting behavior.YesMost recent data available during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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OP 18Support for Sustainable Transportation2All institutions.Institution has implemented strategies to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting.Current programs, practices and plans as of the anticipated date of submission.
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WasteOP 19Waste Minimization and Diversion8All institutions.Institution has data on the weight of materials recycled, composted, donated/re-sold, and disposed in a landfill or incinerator; and numbers of campus users.Most recent data available from the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission and data from a baseline year.
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Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion*
1All institutions that have conducted a major construction, renovation and/or demolition project in the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission. Institution has diverted non-hazardous construction and demolition waste from the landfill and/or incinerator.Most recent data available for a one-year period within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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OP 21Hazardous Waste Management1All institutions.Institution has strategies in place to 1) safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and minimize the presence of these materials on campus; and/or 2) recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste. Current programs as of the anticipated date of submission.
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WaterOP 22Water Use4-6All institutions.Institution has data on potable water use, total water use (potable and non-potable), numbers of campus users, gross square feet/metres of floor area, and area of vegetated grounds.Most recent data available from the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission and data from a baseline year.
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OP 23Rainwater Management2All institutions.Institution uses green infrastructure and low impact development (LID) practices to help mitigate stormwater run-off impacts and treat rainwater as a resource rather than as a waste product.Current policies, plans, and/or strategies as of the anticipated date of submission.
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Planning & Administration (PA)Coordination & PlanningPA 1Sustainability Coordination1All institutions.Institution has at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies and programs related to sustainability on campus. Current sustainability committee composition and practices, office status, and/or officer position status as of the anticipated date of submission.
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PA 2Sustainability Planning4All institutions.Institution has formally adopted plans that include measurable sustainability objectives.Current and formally adopted plan(s) as of the anticipated date of submission.
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PA 3Participatory Governance3All institutions.Institution has adopted 1) a framework for engaging internal stakeholders (i.e. students, staff, faculty) in governance; and/or 2) a framework for engaging external stakeholders (i.e. local community members) in the institution’s governance, strategy and operations.Current policies and procedures as of the anticipated date of submission.
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Diversity & AffordabilityPA 4Diversity and Equity Coordination2All institutions.Institution 1) has a diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer and/or 2) makes cultural competence and diversity trainings and activities available.Current practices and status and participation during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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PA 5Assessing Diversity and Equity1All institutions.Institution has engaged in a structured assessment process to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.YesMost recent assessment(s) conducted or updated during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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PA 6Support for Underrepresented Groups3All institutions.Institution has policies, programs or initiatives to support underrepresented groups and foster a more diverse and inclusive campus community.Current program offerings and status as of the anticipated date of submission.
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PA 7Affordability and Access4All institutions.Institution 1) has policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students and/or to support non-traditional students; and/or 2) is able to document its accessibility and affordability to low-income students.Current programs, policies, and practices and the most recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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Investment & FinancePA 8Committee on Investor Responsibility*2All institutions with endowments of US $1 million or larger. Institution has a formally established and active committee on investor responsibility (CIR) or similar body that makes recommendations to fund decision-makers on socially and environmentally responsible investment opportunities across asset classes, including proxy voting (if the institution engages in proxy voting). Current committee composition and practices as of the anticipated date of submission.
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PA 9Sustainable Investment*4All institutions with endowments of US $1 million or larger. Institution and/or its system, foundation or management company makes positive sustainability investments and/or has investor engagement policies and practices.Current policies and actions taken within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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PA 10Investment Disclosure*1All institutions that have an investment pool. Institution makes a snapshot of its investment holdings available to the public.Current holdings (i.e. most recent snapshot available) as of the anticipated date of submission.
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Wellbeing & WorkPA 11Employee Compensation3All institutions.Institution has data on the hourly wages and total compensation provided to its employees. Current compensation status and offerings as of the anticipated date of submission.
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PA 12Assessing Employee Satisfaction1All institutions.Institution conducts a survey or other evaluation that allows for anonymous feedback to measure employee satisfaction and engagement.YesMost recent evaluation conducted during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission and current policies and practices.
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PA 13Wellness Program1All institutions.Institution has a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes available counseling, referral, and wellbeing services to all students, staff, and/or faculty members.Current program status and offerings as of the anticipated date of submission.
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PA 14Workplace Health and Safety2All institutions.Institution has data on workplace injuries and occupational disease cases and full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.Most recent data available from the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission and data from a baseline year.
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Innovation & Leadership (IN)Exemplary PracticeCatalog of credits available0.5 eachOptionalSee the catalog of available credits.Current programs as of the anticipated date of submission.
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InnovationFour credits available1 eachOptionalInstitution has one or more new, extraordinary, unique, groundbreaking, or uncommon outcomes, policies, or practices that address sustainability challenges and are not covered by an existing credit or exemplary practice option.Innovative practices, policies, programs, or outcomes that are ongoing or occurred within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.
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