CSUEB is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an organization that supports institutions in reaching sustainability goals. Our membership covers every individual at CSUEB, from students to staff. To access member only resources, simply create an AASHE account.
STARS® is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. The program is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities—from community colleges to research universities, and from institutions just starting their sustainability programs to long-time campus sustainability leaders. STARS encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability.
Participants use the STARS Technical Manual as a guide for collecting specific data points as they relate to the following four categories:
4. Planning & Administration
Collected data is then entered into the STARS Reporting Tool for tracking. Once data submission is complete, the institution may submit the data. This information is then publicly posted to the STARS website as a comprehensive STARS Report and a STARS Rating is awarded to the institution.
CSUEB is a registered STARS Participant. Data collection is underway and coordinated by our Office with the support of classes, student assistants, and the Campus Sustainability Committee. Members pay a discounted registration fee for AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, a globally recognized, voluntary, self-assessment tool for campuses to benchmark and track their sustainability progress over time and compare with other institutions.
AASHE's Resource Center is a clearinghouse for campus sustainability information. Members gain access to an extensive collection of policy databases, best practices, case studies, planning and assessment tools, surveys, reports, how-to guides, job descriptions, campus profiles, and many other invaluable resources. Members also now have access to the member-only resources of two sister organizations, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) and the United Kingdom's Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).
Members receive discounts on AASHE's annual conference, workshops, and other AASHE-sponsored events throughout the year.
Take advantage of special discount offers on a variety of products and services offered by AASHE's business and non-profit members.
AASHE administers a professional awards program to recognize outstanding efforts in advancing campus sustainability, including efforts by students.
AASHE publicizes and celebrates member achievements through its newsletter, blog, publications, and other communications. In addition, campus members may: apply to be featured in the monthly Member Spotlight section of AASHE's website, highlighting the sustainability efforts of your campus; use the AASHE Member Logo on your website, brochures, and other materials to emphasize your institution's commitment to campus sustainability; use the Press Release Template to announce your institution's AASHE membership to the campus and local community; and be listed on AASHE's website - see list of members.
AASHE offers premier opportunities to network with colleagues at regional, national, and international levels. AASHE's annual conference & expo is the largest of its kind, bringing together and engaging a diverse and inspired community with individuals from all sectors of higher education throughout the world, and includes a student summit. Other professional development activities include workshops, webinars, and discussion forums for sharing knowledge and resources.
Campus members may participate in AASHE governance as well as committees, task forces, and working groups.