Purdue Achieves AASHE STARS "Silver" Rating

Silver rating award

Purdue University achieved the “Silver” rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), on its inaugural submission to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

The STARS Report for Purdue University, which includes all of the data submitted during the reporting process, is now publicly posted on the STARS Website here. You can also download a PDF of the document submitted by Purdue’s Office of University Sustainability (OUS).

Our STARS rating is an important milestone in Purdue’s sustainability efforts, which were formalized with the development of the Sustainability Strategic Plan in 2010 and the creation of the OUS in 2011. This benchmark will form the basis for continuous improvement over time, and will provide the necessary “self awareness” to improve our stewardship efforts and to realize resource efficiency. It will also facilitate a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.

STARS is comprised of four credit categories:

  • Education & Research (E&R)
  • Operations
  • Planning, Administration & Engagement (PAE)
  • Innovation

Although Purdue’s STARS “Silver” rating is valid for three years, we anticipate updating all data and a subsequent re-certification after two years (at the completion of the 2013-2014 year).

Purdue’s Silver rating at 50.16 points is aligned with the rating of most of our peers. This inaugural submission to AASHE STARS was the product of a collaborative effort drawn from many Purdue University staff members and students who provided data for the benchmarking effort. This collaborative cooperation is very much appreciated and has proved critical to the successful completion of the STARS process.

We invite your feedback and comments. You can let us know what you think in the comments section below, on the STARS site, or email us at sustainability@purdue.edu.