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.