The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has updated its self-reporting framework – known as STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ – for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. The revised framework is set to officially launch at or just before the AASHE conference October 6-8. AASHE has taken a more streamlined approach – reducing the current 140 STARS credits to a sleek 70 – and puts some teeth in the self-reporting aspect of the framework by implementing random auditing protocols. Last year AASHE agreed to provide a subset of full STARS reporting data to The Princeton Review Green Rating, Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools issue, and the Sustainable Endowment Institute’s College Sustainability Report Card for those institutions to use for their annual ratings and rankings reports. This year’s biggest green ratings and rankings reports are the first to be based on STARS data, so the changes to the STARS framework are timely, given the prominence STARS reporting has gained.

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