Monday Mid-DayLearning Opps

Collaborating to Achieve STARS: Why, What, How; Obstacles and Benefits

  • Monday, July 31
  • 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM
  • Minneapolis Conv Ctr
  • 211B
  • SK


Julie Feier

Vice President of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer

Western State Colorado University

Gunnison, Colorado

Sally Grans Korsh

Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy


Washington, District Of Columbia

Ruth Johnston

Vice Chancellor, Planning & Administration

University of Washington Bothell

Bothell, Washington


More than 700 colleges and universities across the country use the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) to gather data about campus sustainability performance. This panel of campus sustainability experts will share their perspectives and lessons from the field. Topics will include using STARS to engage stakeholders, manage strategic priorities, and create opportunities for continuous improvement that reduce an institution’s environmental impact, while infusing the curriculum and research components with sustainability initiatives.

Learning Objectives

  • Verify goals and staffing implications to execute the STARS program and potential obstacles to overcome.
  • Assess the practical benefits and realistic challenges of using STARS—and methods for communicating them to leaders, students, and staff at your campus.
  • Discover lean processes for entering data into the STARS survey.