Initiatives

AASHE & STARS

The University of the South is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education(AASHE) and earned a Silver Rating in AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assesment & Rating System (STARS) 2.0 in January 2016. This accomplishment is a testament to the University's desire to become a more sustainable institution.

With more than 650 participants on six continents, 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. Participants report achievements in four overall areas: 1) operations 2) academics, 3) engagement and 4) planning, administration.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “The University of the South has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS Rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

The University also adopted a Sustainability Master Plan in 2013, which lays out our goals, strategies, and measurable objectives for improving our sustainability as a community and an institution. You can read more about the Sustainability Master Plan here or check out the University's latest STARS Report.