AASHE Streamlines Campus Sustainability Survey Data Collection

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AASHE Streamlines Campus Sustainability Surveys with Basic Data Collector
The new tool debuts along with latest version of STARS

DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 31, 2012) - The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE.org) is excited to announce the creation of the Campus Sustainability Data Collector, a tool that will allow any higher education institution to report sustainability data and share it with the Princeton Review (PrincetonReview.com), Sierra magazine (SierraMagazine.com) and the Sustainable Endowments Institute (GreenReportCard.org).

AASHE has worked with these organizations since March 2011 to improve the process of collecting sustainability data from higher education institutions and reduce survey fatigue. The result, a basic version of AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Reporting Tool, eliminates the need for institutions to complete four separate surveys by collecting all campus sustainability data in one place.

Each of the four groups will evaluate the data submitted in accordance with their own particular priorities, resulting in a unique, customized set of school ratings from each organization. Though the Campus Sustainability Data Collector does not have the benefits provided to STARS Participants, such as reports or public recognition, institutions will be able to share their data at no cost with these other campus rating organizations.

Details of this collaboration and new tool will be shared during a webinar on February 1 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

In conjunction with the new collector, AASHE will debut the latest version of STARS 1.2. The new version of the STARS Technical Manual is the result of recommendations from STARS Participants, Technical Advisors and Steering Committee members. Changes include additional reporting fields and clarification of credit criteria.

STARS is a self-reporting system that incorporates environmental, economic, and social indicators, that reports achievements in the areas of: Education & Research, Operations, and Planning, Administration & Engagement. Over 300 colleges and universities from around the world are currently participating. For more information about the STARS program, visit stars.aashe.org.

AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives. For more information about AASHE, visit www.aashe.org.