Sustainability Report (STARS)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), is the national standard for sustainability reporting in higher education. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance, and is designed to:

  • Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the international 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

STARS at UNL

UNL completed its first STARS report in January 2014 and earned a Bronze rating. We are currently working to update our STARS report.

AASHE silver rating for sustainability, awarded to UNL
Summary of UNL's 2016 submission of STARS

Provisional Score: 48.89

Provisional Rating: Silver

Read more about STARS and UNL's rating on the AASHE website

Breakdown of Scoring

Academics: 52%

  • Curriculum: 23.11/40 points
  • Research: 7.06/18 points
  • Total: 30.17/58 points

Engagement: 54%

  • Campus engagement: 5.5/20 points
  • Public Engagement: 17.16/21 points
  • Total: 22.66/41 points

Planning and Administration: 55.3%

  • Coordination, Planning & Governance: 6.00/8 points
  • Diversity & Affordability: 8.88/10 points
  • Health, Well-being, & Work: 2.82/7 points
  • Investment: 0/7 points
  • Total: 17.70/32 points

Operations: 39.1%

  • Air & Climate: 4.15/11 points
  • Buildings: 3.54/8 points
  • Dining Services: 1.16/7 points
  • Energy: 4.97/10 points
  • Grounds: 1.5/3 points
  • Purchasing: 2.48/6 points
  • Transportation: 3.0/7 points
  • Waste: 3.52/10 points
  • Water: 2.24/6 points
  • Total: 26.56/68 points
UNL STARS 2016 Report
Breakdown by Category