The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent self-reporting framework developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to benchmark an institution’s sustainability performance over time. This program allows colleges and universities to record and compare their progress internally, as well as understand how they measure against other institutions. Reporting includes all the information from our annual greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory but also accounts for less tangible (but equally important) aspects of sustainability such as outreach, policies, and co-curriculum.
The University of Oregon is currently ranked at Gold status, earning this increased designation in May 2017, improving from our previous ranking of Silver. Of the over 900 participating instutitions, only around 10% earn a Gold ranking. The Gold designation indicates improvements the UO has made, particularly around curriculum and sustainability education, development policies, and increased efforts to collect and assess data. Find detailed information on the University of Oregon's institutional performance here.