STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) Report

What is STARS?

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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS was developed by AASHE, an acknowledged thought leader that advances sustainability by providing invaluable resources, with broad participation from diverse representatives of the higher education community.

STARS is designed to:

  • Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
  • Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.
  • Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
  • Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
  • Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.

The STARS framework is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities – from community colleges to research universities, and from institutions just starting their sustainability programs to long-time campus sustainability leaders. STARS encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability.

-Overview from STARS

PCC's 2012 Report

STARS Bronze rating

PCC chose to become a reporter for AASHE's Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System (STARS) during FY12. STARS covers many areas of the college, including cocurricular education, curriculum, building, dining services and diversity, access and affordability amongst others. Upon submission, PCC ranked highest in the Education and Operations sections, scoring 50.14% and 44.14%, respectively. The lowest-scoring section was Planning, Administration and Engagement, scoring a 35.90%.

Overall, PCC received a Bronze level rating. Although admirable, the PSC will be working to achieve a Silver level during fall term. Read the full report for more information.