External Benchmarks

UBC’s leadership in sustainability is consistently recognized with top marks in third-party rating systems. In 2015, UBC achieved our second consecutive Gold rating in STARS, an internationally recognized campus sustainability benchmarking framework.

Current Reports


Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)

UBC has achieved our second consecutive Gold rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a comprehensive sustainability rating system for higher education institutions administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

STARS is a voluntary, self-reporting framework which allows us to report our sustainability focused activities and performance against a set of common measurements.  Credit for sustainability may be earned in five categories: Academics; Engagement; Operations; Planning & Administration; and Innovation. 

In 2011, UBC was Canada's first university to achieve a Gold STARS rating.  In 2015, we obtained our second consecutive Gold STARTS rating. UBC’s STARS rating is valid for three years. 


International Sustainable Campus Network

 In 2012, UBC was the first Canadian institution to sign the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter. The ISCN provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus opertions and integrating sustainability in research and teaching. As part of our signatory requirements, UBC submits annual reports to the ISCN on our sustainability achievements and performance.  

Previous Reports

College Sustainability Report Card

UBC participated in the College Sustainability Report Card from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, UBC’s ranking improved from a B+ to an A-. UBC received the top mark of A across eight of the survey’s nine categories: Administration, Climate Change and Energy, Endowment Transparency, Student Involvement, Food and Recycling, Green Buildings, Transportation, and Investment Priorities. 

UBC and the University of Toronto share the highest grade (A-) amongst Canadian schools that reported in all areas of the survey. In recognition of the achievement, UBC received the Overall College Sustainability Leaders award, which recognizes the notable achievements in sustainability by those earning an overall grade of A- or higher. 

The administrator of the survey, the Sustainability Endowments Institute (SEI), canvassed over 300 universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada on their sustainability activities. The SEI is a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and funded by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and published the College Sustainability Report Card until 2010.