In order to achieve our sustainability goals, we must first understand the current conditions of resource use and culture on campus. Because of this, data collection plays an important role in our work.
Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Tracking System (STARS) – STARS is a self-reporting platform for sustainability efforts among colleges and universities. As a signatory of the Second Nature Carbon Commitment and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), our university participates in STARS data collection to measure current sustainability efforts and map our progress. STARS reporting encompasses all facets of university life, including academics, operations, and administrative leadership.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory – The University of Mississippi has conducted assessments of campus emissions and their sources. Efforts to update the assessment are ongoing.
Transportation Survey – The Office of Sustainability, through partnerships with the Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning and Parking and Transportation, collects annual commuter data to measure and compare current transportation practices.
Internal Data Collection Efforts
In addition to the initiatives above, our office makes an effort to incorporate some aspect of data collection into all our programming and events. An overview of the data collected from the compost program can be obtained here.