An Analysis of STARS as a Sustainability Assessment System Universally Usable in Higher Education

By Antonios Maragakis, Andy van den Dobbelsteen and Alison Erlenbach.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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Sustainability assessment has become an important tool for measurement of higher education institutions. Although there are many potential tools for measuring an institutions’ level of sustainability, this paper explores the use of STARS as a system for higher education sustainability that could be used universally by all higher education institutions, while enabling comparison between institutions. The results of this paper address STARS’s effectiveness to fulfill this need, as well as the further development needed in order to fully encompass sustainability and stakeholder needs.

Keywords: Sustainable Development, Sustainable Assessment, STARS, Universities, Higher Education

International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 10, Issue 3-4, December 2015, pp.11-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 14, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 517.963KB)).

Antonios Maragakis

Ph.D Candidate, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands

Dr Andy van den Dobbelsteen

Department Head, Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Delt, Netherlands

Alison Erlenbach

Senior Program Associate, Bay Area Climate Collaborative