Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS)


The University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus has reported a Silver Rating to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).  The reporting was completed in November 2012 and the reporting was certified by Chancellor Elliman in February.  The University now joins 268 other institutions that have chosen to seek a STARS rating in order to objectively measure their efforts in sustainability.  You can see the UC Denver report here:


STARS  is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS® was developed by AASHE, an acknowledged thought leader that advances sustainability by providing invaluable resources, with broad participation from diverse representatives of 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 – 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.

For any information or questions on STARS, please contact Jarrett Smith, University Sustainability Officer at