STARS, or the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is the standard measure of institutional sustainability for higher education, consisting of four categories: academics, engagement, operations, and planning & administration. Our participation in this program is a direct result of three resolutions calling for the creation and implementation of a campus-wide climate action plan (see links to the right).
Read Chancellor Rebecca Blank’s statement on UW-Madison’s participation in STARS:
Sustainability is woven into the fabric of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Our commitment to conservation and stewardship now runs through every aspect of our campus as we continue striving toward a more sustainable community.
One way we will measure our progress is by using the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.
Achieving a STARS rating requires campus-wide participation in order to inventory our sustainability-related activities in academics, research, operations, and engagement. By participating in STARS, UW-Madison will benchmark its performance and be able to advance our sustainability initiatives.
As one of several steps forward we are chartering a STARS data working group to assist the Office of Sustainability as it collects data and prepares the STARS report; the efforts of the working group will also be important to a campus sustainability committee we expect to establish next year. We hope units across campus will support the efforts of this working group so we can strengthen our long-term sustainability goals and achieve a STARS rating.
Follow Our Progress
Below, you can follow our progress in the coming months as we collectively report our progress and transparently communicate it to the public.
Please contact us if you have questions or comments about the STARS reporting system.