The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework that measures the sustainability performance of more than 700 colleges and universities in 21 countries around the world. The program is managed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
STARS measures sustainability comprehensively across all areas of higher education with reporting metrics ranging from academics to operations, all the way through employee satisfaction, and even investments. It allows institutions to benchmark their performance amongst peer institutions and incentivizes change with public recognition. Institutions are recognized based on their overall STARS score as Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum institutions. STARS is a very comprehensive and rigorous tool. To illustrate this, to date, only one school has been recognized as a Platinum institution.
UMass Lowell has submitted to STARS twice, all of it's reporting is freely and publicly available on AASHE's website.