Boston University recently completed a fourth AASHE STARS report, and once again the University received a Silver rating! The University got special recognition for the Venice Environmental Studies Program, the BU Bike Accident Toolkit app, and its partnership with FarmLogix in purchasing local sustainable products. Last year, the Sustainable Cleaning Program, the Trash Buddy ProgramProject Glacier, and the publication of the world’s first web-based environmental science text book, written by BU professors Robert Kaufman and Cutler Cleveland, were especially acknowledged. BU will continue to report to STARS on an annual basis.

As a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Boston University reports progress on its sustainability programs and initiatives through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. It was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community and offers campuses a comprehensive tool. STARS was developed over several years with the input of many students, staff, faculty, and administrators from a wide range of institutions. It enables colleges and universities to gauge their progress toward sustainability, and provides a clear and thorough system by which higher education institutions can benchmark where they are today and set goals for the future.

STARS was developed by and for higher education and recognizes the unique missions, challenges, obligations, constraints, and opportunities of colleges and universities. It provides Boston University a tool for looking at all facets of sustainability from curriculum, research and campus operations, to planning and administration. It is fostering cross sector dialogue about sustainability on campus, while stimulating conversations and learning between institutions and providing a framework for the University to develop its Sustainability Strategic Plan.