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Scoring Key

CRITERIA POINTS SCORING BASIS
Peer-to-peer sustainability educator program 5Institutions earn all available points by having a peer-to-peer educator program that reaches degree-seeking students.
Student sustainability outreach campaign5Institutions earn 3/4 of available points for having at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students. Institutions earn 1/4 of available points for verifying that program with a website link.
Sustainability during orientation for new students5Institutions earn all available points for including sustainability prominently during new-student orientation events.
Sustainability outreach and publications5Institutions earn 1/10 of available points for each website, newsletter, or other literature that fosters sustainability awareness.
Sustainability student group5Institutions earn all available points for having at least one student group focused on sustainability.
Organic garden5Institutions earn all available points for having an on-campus organic garden where students can gain gardening or farming experience.
Sustainability events5Institutions earn all available points for hosting major events (conferences, symposia, etc.) related to sustainability.
Outdoor program5Institutions earn all available points for having a program that organizes outings for students and teaches "leave no trace" principles.
Sustainability-themed semester or year5Institutions earn all available points for having chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience over the past three years.
Sustainability course curriculum and identification7Institutions earn 1/3 available points for each of three items: having defined sustainability in the curriculum; having identified sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses; and having made an inventory of those courses available online.
Sustainability-focused courses5Institutions earn all available points when sustainability-focused courses make up 20% or more of all courses offered. Incremental points are available.
Sustainability-related courses5Institutions earn all available points when sustainability-related courses make up 20% or more of all courses offered. Incremental points are available.
Sustainability learning outcomes10Institutions earn all available points when 20% of students graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome. Incremental points are available.
Undergraduate program in sustainability7Institutions earn all available points for offering at least one sustainability-focused undergraduate major, degree program, or equivalent.
Sustainability immersive experience5Institutions earn all available points for offering at least one sustainability-focused immersive program.
Sustainability literacy assessment10Institutions earn all available points for conducting sustainability-literacy assessments on students and follow-ups thereof on the same group of students.
Sustainability research availability5Institutions earn all available points for making sustainability research inventory publicly available online.
Faculty engaged in sustainability research5Institutions earn half of available points by calculating the percentage of faculty engaged in sustainability research. Institutions earn up to the remaining half as a proportion of the highest percentage reported.
Departments engaged in sustainability research7Institutions earn half of available points by calculating the percentage of departments engaged in sustainability research. Institutions earn up to the remaining half as a proportion of the highest percentage reported.
Sustainability research incentives7Institutions earn 3/4 of remaining available points for encouraging faculty research. Institutions earn 1/4 of available points by encouraging student research.
Percentage of existing building space certified as sustainable10Institutions earn points as a percentage of total available points equivalent to the percentage of existing building space on campus considered sustainable.
Percentage of new building space certified as sustainable10Institutions earn points as a percentage of total available points equivalent to the percentage of new building space on campus considered sustainable.
Scope 1 and 2 emissions inventory27Institutions earn all available points for calculating Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions as verified either from ACUPCC or another third party site, from an internally kept site, or from data entered into the STARS collector.
Scope 3 emissions inventory35Institutions earn 1/8 of available points for each type of Scope 3 calculation conducted among types outlined in the STARS collector.
Scope 1 and 2 emissions inventory in performance year7Institutions earn all available points for calculating Scope 1 and 2 gross greenhouse gas emissions during the performance year.
Air travel emissions5Institutions earn all available points for having policies to reduce emissions from air travel.
Local offsets program27Institutions earn all available points for having a program that reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the local community.
Food and beverage purchasing policies30Institutions earn 1/3 of available points by calculating the percentage of food expenditures that either are grown and processed within 250 miles of the institution or are third-party-certified responsible (certified organic, fair trade, etc). Institutions earn up to 2/3 of available points as a proportion of the highest percentage reported.
Vegan options5Institutions earn all available points for offering complete-protein vegan dining options during every meal.
Pre-consumer food waste composting7Institutions earn all available points for having a pre-consumer food waste composting program.
Post-consumer food waste composting7Institutions earn all available points for having a post-consumer food waste composting program.
Energy consumption in buildings36Institutions earn 1/3 of available points by calculating total building energy consumption. Institutions earn a percentage of remaining points as a percentage of the top-reducing institution's reduction.
Renewable energy sources45Institutions earn 1/3 of available points by calculating all energy from renewable sources, purchasing renewable energy credits or green power from the electric utility, and/or generating electricity using co-generation technologies. Institutions earn a percentage of the remaining points based on the amount of their total energy consumption that is clean or renewable.
Lighting sensors5Institutions earn all available points for using light sensors to reduce energy use in at least one building.
LED lighting5Institutions earn all available points for using LED lighting in at least one lighting application.
Energy management system5Institutions earn points based on the percentage of building space monitored with a centralized energy management system.
Energy metering15Institutions earn 1/3 of available points by metering all energy consumption for at least one building. Institutions earn up to 2/3 of available points based on the percentage of total building space metered.
Native plants5Institutions earn all available points by prioritizing native plants in landscaping.
Wildlife habitat5Institutions earn all available points by creating or protecting a wildlife habitat on campus land.
Tree Campus USA5Institutions earn all available points for being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program.
EPEAT7Institutions earn a percentage of available points based on the percentage of computers purchased that are registered EPEAT Silver or Gold.
Sustainable cleaning products10Institutions earn 1/3 of available points by having an institution-wide stated preference for Green Seal or EcoLogo purchasing, and 1/3 for calculating the percentage of total expendures spent on green-certified cleaning products. Institutions earn a percentage of the remaining 1/3 of available points based on the percentage of cleaning products purchased that are green.
Responsible paper purchasing12Institutions earn 1/10 available points for having a stated policy for responsible paper purchasing. The remainder of available points are awarded based on a sliding scale, depending on the percentage of recycled content: Higher weightings are awarded to purchases of 90% to 100% postconsumer recycled content office paper.
Vendor code of conduct5Institutions earn all available points by having and following a vendor code of conduct.
Campus fleet12Institutions receive credit based on the proportion of their fleet that uses alternative power/fuel, weighted by the type of alternative fuel used. Maximum credit is given for B20 or higher biofuels. Electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, or diesel hybrids receive high credit. Hydrogen-fueled vehicles receive moderately high credit. Gasoline hybrids and CNG vehicles receive moderate credit. E85 ethanol vehicles receive a slightly lower moderate credit.
Student commute10Institutions earn points based on the percentage of students who use more sustainable commuting options.
Employee commute10Institutions earn points based on the percentage of employees who use more sustainable commuting options.
Bicycle-sharing program5Institutions earn all available points by having a bicycle-sharing program.
Facilities for bicyclists7Institutions earn all available points by having bike storage, shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters.
Bicycle and pedestrian plan7Institutions earn all available points by having adopted a bicycle plan.
Mass-transit programs7Institutions earn all available points by offering reduced transit passes or a free campus shuttle.
Condensed workweek7Institutions earn all available points by offering a condensed workweek option to some employees.
Telecommuting5Institutions earn all available points by offering a telecommuting program to employees.
Carpool/vanpool matching5Institutions earn all available points by offering a carpool or vanpool matching program.
Cash out of parking7Institutions earn all available points by allowing commuters to cash out of parking spaces.
Carpool discount7Institutions earn all available points by offering reduced parking fees to carpoolers.
Local housing7Institutions earn all available points by offering employees incentives to live near campus.
Prohibiting idling5Institutions earn all available points by having a policy that prohibits idling.
Car sharing7Institutions earn all available points by participating in car-sharing programs.
Waste reduction17Institutions earn all available points by having reduced waste generation by 16% or more, compared to a 2005 baseline. Incremental points are available based on the percentage reduction achieved.
General waste diversion20Institutions earn half of available points by calculating general waste diversion. Institutions earn a percentage of remaining available points based on the percentage of diversion achieved.
Waste diversion during new construction and demolition20Institutions earn half of available points by calculating waste diversion during new construction and demolition. Institutions earn half of available points based on the percentage of diversion achieved.
Electronic-waste recycling program20Institutions earn half of available points by having a program to refurbish, reuse, or recycle electronic waste generated by the school. Institutions earn half of available points for having a similar program for electronic waste generated by students.
Move-in waste reduction15Institutions earn all available points for having a program to reduce move-in waste.
Move-out waste reduction15Institutions earn all available points by having a program to reduce move-out waste.
Water consumption30Institutions earn half of available points by showing a reduction in total water consumption between 2005 and the performance year. Institutions earn a percentage of the other half based on the percentage of water reduction as compared to the top-reducing school.
Stormwater management40Institutions earn 1/12 of available points for each of six possible mitigation mechanisms claimed. Institutions earn 1/4 of available points each for having in place a stormwater plan for new construction and for ongoing campus operations.
Water metering in buildings20Institutions earn half of available points by having building-level water consumption meters in at least one building. Institutions earn a percentage of the other half of the points based on the percentage of building space that has water metering.
Nonpotable water usage30Institutions earn 1/3 of available points for using any graywater. Institutions earn 1/3 of available points in proportion to the percentage of irrigation graywater and 1/3 in proportion to the percentage of utility plant graywater.
Sustainability coordination15Institutions earn 1/3 of available points each for having a sustainability committee, office, or officer.
Strategic plan17Institutions earn all available points by having an overall strategic plan that includes high-level sustainability.
Sustainability plan with input22Institutions earn all available points by having a sustainability plan that includes input from faculty, staff, and students.
Climate action plan22Institutions earn all available points by having a formal plan to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
Committee on investment responsibility15Institutions earn all available points by having a committee on the social and environmental responsibility of financial investments.
Positive sustainability investments17Institutions earn all available points by having made socially or environmentally responsible financial investments.
Sustainable investment policy20Institutions earn all available points for having and stating a policy or directive to consider the social and/or environmental impacts of financial investment decisions.
Investment disclosure20Institutions earn all available points by making a snapshot of financial investments accessible to the public.
Intercampus collaboration on sustainability7Institutions earn all available points by collaborating with other colleges and universities to build the sustainability community.
Innovations40Institutions earn 1/4 of available points for each sustainability innovation listed.
Energy use by type22Institutions earn 4/5 of available points by calculating the percentage of electricity from alternative or renewable sources. Institutions earn the remaining 1/5 points by calculating their percentage of heating from alternative or renewable sources.

 

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