OSU's STARS History
STARS engages and recognizes the full spectrum of institutions from community colleges to research universities, and from institutions just starting sustainability programs to long-time sustainability leaders.
When the STARS Pilot began in 2008, OSU understood it could be a game changer in measuring and managing sustainability within higher education. In the summer of 2010, the Sustainability Office began the data gathering process for OSU's first STARS submission. This included identifying stakeholders throughout campus that have access to information needed to complete STARS reporting.
On January 31, 2011, OSU submitted its first report for Fiscal Year 2010 (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010). OSU was the first and only school in Oregon to submit its STARS report on time, by the January 31 deadline. This deadline was for the first round of STARS participants and since then, deadlines have been removed so schools can report when convenient for them. Princeton Review and the Sierra Club, however, have their own deadlines and rely on STARS data.
As an early adopter, OSU is a charter participant in the STARS program. We continue that leadership today by being one of few institutions to perform a campus-wide assessment every year. In fact, with our FY20 report submission, OSU became the first institution to reach a 10-report milestone. Then, in 2022, OSU became the first institution to submit 12 STARS reports! This assessment process aligns with guidance and directives from university leadership and also supports OSU's climate initiatives and Strategic Plan.