STARS Evaluation

STARS (Sustainable Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) is a transparent, self-reporting framework developed by AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS presents a holistic and accurate opportunity to measure qualitative and quantitative information on a number of sustainability metrics in a way that can easily be compared from year to year and school to school. 

STARS is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities. 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 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.

Wesleyan's STARS Participation

Wesleyan has completed STARS evaluations in 2019, 2016, and 2013, earning a silver rating each time.  STARS publishes a detailed report including all responses on the AASHE STARS website; to make it easier to understand, the Sustainability Office has created STARS reports after each evaluation:

Please direct questions about STARS and Wesleyan's answers/participation to Sustainability Director Jen Kleindienst.