Sustainability

STARS

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a framework for colleges and universities in Canada and the United States to measure their sustainability performance. A common set of measurements within the categories of Education and Research, Planning Administration and Engagement, and Operations allows post-secondary institutions to compare their sustainability progress over time. The results and answers of each STARS assessment are displayed at: https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/rated/ for all to see, creating incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability. This public forum also facilitates information sharing about sustainability practices, performances and policies.

STARS applicants are given ratings based on their sustainability score. Only positive ratings are available through STARS, therefore each rating level represents significant sustainability leadership. The scoring is as follows:

Rating Level

Minimum Score Required

Reporter

For institutions that wish to use STARS and submit data publicly, but are not pursuing a rating

Bronze

25

Silver

45

Gold

65

Platinum

85

Western has received a STARS Silver Rating, with a score of 52.11 out of 100. This means that on average, Western currently pursues and achieves more than half of the sustainability initiatives and criteria identified within STARS. Examples of categories that gained Western credits are Grounds Keeping, Water Conservation and Innovation.

Western will be resubmitting a STARS application in 2014, and hopes to achieve STARS Gold status.