Humboldt State University is setting out to prove we are serious about sustainability—again! During the fall 2016 semester, HSU will re-evaluate sustainability across campus, assessing performance for the second time with a self-reporting framework called Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. This system was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with broad participation from diverse representatives of the higher education community. Beacuse HSU is an active member of AASHE, all students, staff, and faculty at our institution have access to AASHE’s online resources, which include opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration and professional development.
Read more about AASHE’s member benefits here.
As some may recall from 2012-2013, the greater campus community at Humboldt State University participated in its first-ever STARS report. With the help of the Office of Sustainability, reporters from various departments throughout campus gathered a myriad of data relating to their respective operations and responsibilities.
HSU's 2013 Rating and final STARS Report: click here
Because STARS reports and rating scores expire after three years, it is time for Humboldt State to resubmit data and accrue a new STARS rating. This time around, the report will present a unique opportunity for the campus to compare current metrics to those established in 2013.
AASHE’s STARS program is the only one of its kind that involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a university’s sustainability performance. Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.
While only designated reporters and their departmental leads will be responsible for delivering in-depth sustainability information for the STARS report, every single stakeholder on campus plays a role in some element of making HSU a more sustainable campus. STARS evaluates all levels of campus activity, from how many student groups on campus are focused on sustainability, to the recycled content in office paper, to the policies our university has in place to promote social equity, justice, and diversity. Campus stakeholders, in particular staff and faculty, are encouraged to incorporate sustainability concepts into their jobs and daily responsibilities, operationalizing these concepts as common and routine exercises at HSU.
To get involved in a variety of sustainability initiatives on campus or to find out more about STARS, contact: