Since 2006, STARS has undergone a series of revisions and
updates to better perform the role of a comprehensive assessment
document, including the refinement of a categorical point system.
In order to maintain a comprehensive methodology and standard of
measurement, STARS categories are necessarily broad and underdefined.
This leaves room for individual institutions to shape a
unique program so that it accomplishes a specific aspect of a larger,
shared goal. The following areas and corresponding percentages
indicate Western's performance according to STARS through February 2013. Points are allotted for
several potential initiatives in each topic area. Western's point awards are translated into percentages for each area below. (Click on the to see strengths and weaknesses for each area.)
Grounds – 92%
- Strengths: Integrated Pest Management Plan, native plants,
composting, snow/ice removal, wildlife habitat.
- Weaknesses: Not current members of Tree Campus USA.
Purchasing – 76%
- Strengths: EPEAT Gold computers, Green Seal cleaning
products, recycled content paper, prioritizing underutilized
- Weaknesses: Sustainability addressed in vendor's codes of
conduct, local business preferences.
Coordination & Planning – 72%
- Strengths: Strategic plan, campus plan, climate plan,
sustainability coordination (staff, office, committee, etc.)
- Weaknesses: Sustainability Plan
Water – 69%
- Strengths: Stormwater management, water metering,
- Weaknesses: Water consumption, waterless urinals, non-potable
Diversity and Affordability – 67%
- Strengths: Diversity and equity coordination, measuring
campus diversity, support programs for underrepresented
groups, Affordability and Access programs, and gender neutral
- Weaknesses: Support programs for future faculty, employee
training opportunities, and student training opportunities.
Investments – 55%
- Strengths: Positive Sustainability Investments (socially
responsible mutual funds). Positive screens, CDFIs, renewable
- Weaknesses: Committee on socially responsible investment,
shareholder advocacy, student managed SRI funds, investment
Transportation – 54%
- Strengths: Student commute modal split, bicycle plan, mass
transit, condensed work week, telecommuting, carpool/vanpool
matching, carpool discount.
- Weaknesses: Alternative fueled campus fleet, car sharing,
prohibiting idling, local housing, cash-out of parking, bicycle
sharing and facilities.
Public Engagement – 48%
- Strengths: Community sustainability partnerships, inter-campus
collaboration on sustainability, sustainability policy advocacy,
- Weaknesses: Sustainability in continuing education, community
service participation/records, graduation pledge, farmers market.
Human Resources – 47%
- Strengths: Sustainable Compensation, childcare, employee
wellness, retirement plans.
- Weaknesses: Employee satisfaction evaluation, staff professional
development in sustainability, sustainability educators program.
Dining Services – 43%
- Strengths: Real food challenge, trayless dining, vegan options,
trans-fat free, composting, food donation, recycled napkins,
reusable mug discounts.
- Weaknesses: Sustainable food/beverage purchasing, reusable
Waste – 43%
- Strengths: Hazardous waste management, electronic waste recycling
program, printing limits, online materials, materials exchange.
- Weaknesses: Waste reduction, waste diversion, chemical reuse
Buildings – 31%
- Strengths: Indoor Air Quality plan, LEED construction/design
- Weaknesses: None of our buildings are currently certified under
the LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
(O&M) Green Building Rating System.
Climate – 21%
- Strengths: Greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
- Weaknesses: Greenhouse gas emissions, air travel emissions,
local offsets program.
Energy – 17%
- Strengths: Timers for temperature control, lighting sensors, LED
lighting, vending machine sensors, energy management system,
- Weaknesses: Building energy consumption and clean and