The Ohio State University achieved a Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). In 2012, Ohio State elected to participate in the STARS program for the first time, earning a Silver rating for the Columbus campus. Ohio State’s regional campuses followed suit by achieving Silver ratings in 2013.
The university received high marks by achieving a perfect score in campus engagement and sustainability planning and governance, as well as for its innovation efforts. This aligns with Ohio State’s continued efforts to advance sustainability across campus and throughout the community, including strategic sustainability goals developed by faculty, staff and students that are designed to enhance and expand policies, operations and practices.
Ohio State’s 2016 Gold rating places the university among the top tier of national and international colleges and universities, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
STARS is a framework developed to measure sustainability performance in academics, planning and administration, outreach and engagement, innovation and operations. Today, more than 760 national and international institutions use the STARS reporting tool, and more than 275 currently have a STARS rating.