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Our office is responsible for preparing and submitting key sustainability metrics for national surveys and rating organizations. We manage and coordinate the data collection and collect the metrics from various units across campus for the various national Sustainability surveys.  Cornell participates in AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and with the help of the STARS reporting tool information is pulled for other national surveys - Sierra Club and Princeton Review.

Here are the current  results and rankings from our participation in the following surveys in 2013!

  • Sierra Club Cool Schools - we rated #5 in the nation!!
  • The Princeton Review's Honor Roll 2013  Published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is a annual edition of a free, downloadable guidebook focused solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability activities and initiatives.

As mentioned above, Cornell University participates in Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 

To date, nearly 230 higher education institutions have registered as STARS Charter Participants and Cornell University is proud to be one of them.

AASHE’s STARS program is the only one of its kind that involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in three overall areas: 1) education & research, 2) operations, and 3) planning, administration & engagement.

“The advantage of STARS is that institutions can earn credits for all of their contributions to sustainability,” said AASHE Executive Director, Paul Rowland. “From providing sustainability coursework, to using green cleaning products, to energy efficiency in campus buildings, there are lots of opportunities for a school to identify and track its sustainability progress.”

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

 About AASHE:

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.  It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. For more information about AASHE, visit

For more information about the STARS program, visit