New York University has renewed its Gold rating through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). NYU is a charter participant, having first submitted to STARS in 2011.
With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. STARS reports on five categories: academics, engagement, operations, planning & administration, and innovation and leadership. STARS is a transparent and self-reporting assessment accessible to any institution.
In order to challenge institutions to continually push the envelope, STARS is an evolving assessment and gets more difficult with each version. The most recent versions (v2.0 and later) added additional sustainability categories and set more aggressive targets. Because the STARS rating system has become more stringent over time, NYU’s score improvement since 2011 and maintaining our Gold status reflects the significant strides we have made over the past decade. NYU has ranked within the top 30% of the 323 certified institutions.
These statistics are based on available data as of April 16, 2020.
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