PSAC Uses STARS for Sustainability Progress

The President’s Sustainability Action Committee (PSAC) is using Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) to measure sustainability performance on campus.

The system provides a framework for understanding sustainability within higher education. STARS allows the University to understand its efforts in measurements that are similar to those of other universities and allows for comparisons across these institutions. According to the STARS website, the program provides information about sustainability practices and efforts that can be used in higher education and creates incentives for improving sustainability on campus. The program provides long-term sustainability goals for institutions committed to sustainability and entry points of recognition for institutions that are in the beginning stages.

The program is apart of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) aimed at empowering higher education to lead sustainability transformations. STARS framework has provided the committee the opportunity to evaluate Truman’s sustainable efforts in four categories: education and research; operations; planning, administration and engagement; and innovation. Committee members have researched a variety of areas within each category and have or will enter the information found to the database.

STARS will help the Committee prepare for their annual report to be given to President Paino.
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