UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) is an innovative, voluntary self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge progress toward sustainability and be recognized for sustainability leadership. The STARS® framework is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, whether they are just starting their sustainability programs or are long-time campus sustainability leaders.
STARS® is designed to help schools set and meet sustainability goals, create incentives for improvement and share information about practices and performance among the campus community. All schools that participate in STARS® will receive positive recognition, so having a STARS® rating can help reap marketing and recruitment benefits.
UWRF completed the pilot program in 2008 and the STARS® 1.1 report was submitted in January 2012.
The results for the AASHE STARS Report are viewable here.
In an effort to benchmark and quantify UWRF's success at reaching Goal 2 of the Strategic Plan (To model and champion the principles of sustainable community development), UWRF participated in the STARS Pilot Program provided by AASHE. The UWRF Leadership Team, whose project for 2008 was to gather information and data for the credits, was: Matt Fitzgerald (Chair), Yunge Dutton, Greg Koehler, Debra Martin, Keven Syverson and Mike Woolsey, with Kelly Cain, Director of SCISCD, as advisor and liaison.