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November 19, 2020 Thursday 11:59:10 AM IST

Yale Achieves Gold Sustainability Rating

Policy Indications

Yale was awarded a Gold rating through STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, which is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). As a benchmark for sustainability, STARS encompasses over 60 credits organized within academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership. Each credit correlates to a certain number of points, and schools self-report their standings based on University data. To achieve its rating, Yale amassed 68.79 points, crossing the 65-point Gold threshold.
As an institution, Yale first participated in STARS in 2011 and then biannually since 2016. Before 2020, the University repeatedly found itself within the Silver ranking—62.77 in 2018, 62.54 in 2016, and 55.29 in 2011. Though STARS is only one benchmark of sustainability, it is impressively comprehensive and provides a good framework for comparisons across higher education institutions. Yale’s increasing ranking demonstrates both the collaboration and incentivization surrounding sustainability that STARS supports and the University’s own prioritization of sustainability in all aspects of University life.  

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