Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi


Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System

University-Wide Data Collection Effort



The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is the standard assessment tool for sustainability in higher education. Created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS helps universities and colleges track and measure their sustainability progress. From the STARS website, the tool is designed to aid in the following:

  •  Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
  •  Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.
  •  Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
  •  Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
  •  Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.

The STARS methodology for data collection is comprehensive and all-encompassing, going beyond simply measuring operational sustainability, and instead quantifying how well a university has integrated sustainability throughout all of its facets, from curriculum to engagement.

The University of Mississippi is currently collecting information for the STARS assessment for academic years 2014-2015, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. In order to complete such a comprehensive data collection effort, the Office of Sustainability will collect input from leaders and stakeholders across campus a university-wide collaborative effort.

If you are reporting for a credit, please select the designated Qualtrics link to your credit below:

AC1: Academic Courses — Course Inventory
AC2: Learning Outcomes
AC 9: Research and Scholarship — Researcher Inventory


Contact Lindsey Abernathy, Associate Director, Office of Sustainability

662-915-2074 |