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Clarkson – Achieves SILVER Rating in AASHE STARS

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, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

In the STARS system, points are earned in three separate categories, each with a maximum of 100 points. 

  • Education and Research (ER)
  • Operations (OP)
  • Planning, Administration and Engagement (PAE)

The average of these three separate scores plus added innovation points result in the total score. 

The STARS system at Clarkson was initiated in October 2011. This assessment is used as part of the sustainability strategic planning process to benchmark our current strengths and areas to improve. A full year of data collection resulted in the final report and submission to AASHE in November 2012. 

Clarkson received a total score of 55 points, which places us solidly in the “Silver” rating category.  Our goal is to achieve a GOLD rating by 2017.

Summary of Clarkson’s Scores

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The graph with subcategory scores show our areas of strength
(mostly green bars) and areas to improve (mostly orange bars).

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To learn more:

  • AASHE Clarkson is an institutional member of AASHE.  Its resources are available to any member of the Clarkson community.