Scoring Key

CRITERIAPOINTSSCORING BASIS
Peer-to-peer sustainability educator program7Institutions earn all available points by having a peer-to-peer educator program that reaches degree-seeking students.
Student sustainability outreach campaign7Institutions 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 students7Institutions earn all available points for including sustainability prominently during new-student orientation events.
Sustainability outreach and publications7Institutions earn 1/10 of available points for each website, newsletter, or other literature that fosters sustainability awareness.
Sustainability student group7Institutions earn all available points for having at least one student group focused on sustainability.
Organic garden7Institutions earn all available points for having an on-campus organic garden where students can gain gardening or farming experience.
Sustainability events7Institutions earn all available points for hosting major events (conferences, symposia, etc.) related to sustainability.
Outdoor program7Institutions earn all available points for having a program that organizes outings for students and teaches "leave no trace" principles.
Sustainability-themed semester or year7Institutions 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 1/2 available points for each of two items: having identified sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses; and having made an inventory of those courses available online.
Sustainability-focused courses7Institutions earn all available points when sustainability-focused courses make up 20% or more of all courses offered. Incremental points are available.
Sustainability-related courses7Institutions 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 experience7Institutions earn all available points for offering at least one sustainability-focused immersive program.
Sustainability literacy assessment10Institutions earn 1/4 of available points for conducting sustainability-literacy assessments on students and 3/4 of available points for conducting follow-ups thereof on the same group of students.
Sustainability research inventory availability7Institutions earn all available points for making sustainability research inventory publicly available online.
Faculty engaged in sustainability research7Institutions 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 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 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 inventory30Institutions 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 1/7 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 year10Institutions earn all available points for calculating Scope 1 and 2 gross greenhouse gas emissions during the performance year.
Local offsets program30Institutions 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 options7Institutions 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 buildings40Institutions 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 sensors7Institutions earn all available points for using light sensors to reduce energy use in at least one building.
LED lighting7Institutions earn all available points for using LED lighting in at least one lighting application.
Tree Campus USA7Institutions 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 purchasing15Institutions 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 conduct7Institutions earn all available points by having and following a vendor code of conduct.
Campus fleet20Institutions receive credit based on the proportion of their fleet that uses alternative power/fuel, weighted by the type of alternative fuel used.
Student commute20Institutions earn points based on the percentage of students who use more sustainable commuting options.
Employee commute20Institutions earn points based on the percentage of employees who use more sustainable commuting options.
Bicycle-sharing program7Institutions 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.
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.
Telecommuting7Institutions earn all available points by offering a telecommuting program to employees.
Carpool/vanpool matching7Institutions earn all available points by offering a carpool or vanpool matching program.
Local housing7Institutions earn all available points by offering employees incentives to live near campus.
Car sharing7Institutions earn all available points by participating in car-sharing programs.
Waste reduction25Institutions 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 reduction20Institutions earn all available points for having a program to reduce move-in waste.
Water consumption40Institutions 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 1/4 of available points for having a development policy, 1/4 for having an operations policy, and 1/8 for each for up to four other policies or strategies.
Nonpotable water usage15Institutions earn 1/2 of available points for using nonpotable water and a percentage of remaining points based on the extent of nonpotable water usage.
Sustainability coordination20Institutions earn 1/3 of available points each for having a sustainability committee, office, or officer.
Strategic plan25Institutions earn all available points by having an overall strategic plan that includes high-level sustainability.
Sustainability plan with input25Institutions earn all available points by having a sustainability plan that includes input from faculty, staff, and students.
Committee on investment responsibility15Institutions earn all available points by having a committee on the social and environmental responsibility of financial investments.
Positive sustainability investments20Institutions 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 type25Institutions 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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