As a leading sustainable academic institution, the University of Oregon has been given ratings and reviews with regard to its sustainability initiatives. Examples of programs that provide these ratings include: the Princeton Review; Sustainable Endowments Institute; Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS); and Sierra Magazine's "Cool Schools." Click on any of the programs below to find out how sustainable the University of Oregon is compared to other academic institutions. Ratings and reviews of the University of Oregon's sustainability have been provided by:
STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. STARS was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with broad participation from the higher education community. In 2020, the UO earned a "Gold" STARS ranking for the second time.
The UO has received a classification as a "Green" school, since the Princeton Review began their ranking in 2010. They review more than 800 schools and have given the designation to around 300 schools per year. In 2015 the UO MBA Program received the top ranking and #3 in 2020.
The Sierra Magazine produces the "Cool Schools" list of universities, based on STARS data and other research. In 2020, Sierra Magazine ranked the University of Oregon 43rd.
The Sustainable Endowments Institute is a nonprofit organization that engaged in research and education to advance sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices. They provided rankings from 2007 to 2011, but suspended their ranking in 2012.