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Sustainability: STARS

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“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.  In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead

Introduction to STARS

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community.

STARS is designed to:

  • Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
  • Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.
  • Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
  • Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
  • Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.

The STARS framework is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada – from community colleges to research universities, and from institutions just starting their sustainability programs to long-time campus sustainability leaders. STARS encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability.

STARS 1.0, which launched on January 19, 2010, after a three-year development process, is the first version of STARS in which participants can earn a Rating.

The pdf file below will give you a high level overview of the STARS rating system.  If you would like the file in PowerPoint format, please contact Stefanie Smith at

STARS Credit Count

Stark State College's initial projected credit count indicates that a BRONZE level could be reached.  Please see the full count below.  Note that this is only a projection!