Measuring Sustainability | Campus Sustainability Plan | UNB

Measuring sustainability

measuring sustainability at UNB

As UNB strives to become a more sustainable institution, it is necessary to assess our sustainability actions, successes, and shortcomings. Since sustainable outcomes are often qualitative, not quantitative, consistent measurement can prove difficult. To establish the existing level of sustainability at UNB, a third party sustainability assessment was conducted.

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)

STARS is a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

STARS was selected for measuring sustainability at UNB because it is:

  • A transparent, self-reporting, sustainable assessment tool specifically designed for universities and colleges.
  • The most widely recognized sustainability assessment for higher education, with over 900 institutions having obtained a STARS rating. 


UNB rating

UNB completed STARS in 2017 to gain baseline sustainability information for the Fredericton campus. This assessment will be repeated every three years to measure UNB’s progress.

STARS has five possible ratings:

  • Reporter
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum.

As of 2017 UNB Fredericton achieved a Silver rating from STARS.

STARS provides UNB with information to guide our progress of sustainability. The rating that UNB receives gives public recognition to our sustainability efforts, representing - not replacing - the goal of becoming a sustainable institution.