The process for sharing data with third parties has changed significantly from previous years. In particular, snapshots are no longer being used to share data. Please read these instructions carefully to ensure your institution is included.
To have your institution’s data shared with either organization, your institution must:
1. Review data sharing preferences and adjust as needed
Participation in data sharing is on an opt-in basis. Review your institution’s settings by navigating to the Share Data tab in the My Summary section of the Reporting Tool. To opt-in, click on the “Who am I sharing with?” tab, select the box next to the appropriate organization(s), and click the "Save" button.
2. Have submitted a valid STARS report that meets each organization’s requirements by March 2, 2018.
If your institution has opted in to data sharing and has a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum STARS report that was submitted on March 2, 2015 or later, your data will be shared as described below and you don’t need to take any further action.
Sierra’s revised ranking methodology is based on reweighting STARS subcategory scores (Curriculum, Public Engagement, Energy, Investment & Finance, and so on). This means that all applicable STARS credits will count towards your institution’s Cool Schools ranking. Sierra will accept data from institutions with a valid STARS Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum rating. Unscored reports that have the STARS Reporter designation and reports are more than three years old will not be considered for the Cool Schools ranking.
New reports that are submitted for a STARS rating on or before March 2, 2018 will be shared with Sierra in early May pending successful completion of the collaborative review and revision process and subsequent publication on the STARS website. Reports that remain in review and revision mode on April 27 will not be considered by Sierra.
If you have any questions about reporting to Sierra, please contact email@example.com.
The Princeton Review’s scoring methodology is based on data from a subset of STARS credits. The Princeton Review will accept data from institutions with a valid STARS report of any type (i.e., a report submitted within the three years prior to the March 2, 2018 deadline with a Reporter designation, a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating, or a provisional rating that is still in review and revision mode). STARS reports that are more than three years old will not be considered for the Guide to Green Colleges.
Because The Princeton Review accepts data with a Reporter designation, an institution can be considered for inclusion in the Guide to Green Colleges at no cost by participating in STARS using the free basic access option. If you choose to share data as a Reporter, note that you only need to complete the credits requested by The Princeton Review. Alternatively, data can be submitted directly through The Princeton Review’s own Review Data Set Form F: Student Life. The Princeton Review distributes this form annually to a designated data contact at each institution.
If you have any questions about reporting to The Princeton Review, including about the identity of the designated data contact for your institution, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opting into data sharing or submitting a STARS report does not automatically transmit data to Sierra or The Princeton Review. AASHE shares data with each organization as follows:
Once both the March 2 submission deadline and the April 27 deadline for completing the collaborative review and revision process have passed, AASHE will generate an export in Excel format that includes the data and subcategory scores published in each participating institution’s most recent eligible STARS report. The export will then be shared with Sierra electronically.
Once the March 2 deadline has passed, AASHE will generate an export in Excel format that includes the data requested by The Princeton Review from each participating institution’s most recent eligible STARS report. The export will then be shared with The Princeton Review electronically.
How Your Data is Used
Sierra and The Princeton Review each use their own scoring methodologies to inform their rankings, as described below. AASHE provides data to these organizations as a service to STARS participants who wish to be included in their publications, but we do not necessarily endorse their rankings or their methodologies. We do regularly provide feedback to Sierra and The Princeton Review and advocate for changes to address member concerns; we welcome comments or suggestions at email@example.com.
Sierra’s Cool Schools ranking
The 2018 Cool Schools ranking will be based on a reweighting of the scores institutions earn in each subcategory of STARS. As a result, all applicable STARS credits will count towards your institution’s Cool Schools ranking. Further, because Sierra’s ranking is based on STARS scores rather than the raw data, respondents can be confident that responses that earn the most points in STARS will also translate to the best position in the Cool School rankings.
The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges
The Princeton Review’s Green Rating is derived from:
Institutional data about sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs collected from a subset of STARS credits (listed here) or via a survey (Data Set Form F: Student Life) it distributes independently.
Student perception data from surveys of students attending each institution. This includes student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.
As with other rankings published by The Princeton Review, the exact methodology for determining an institution’s Green Rating is proprietary.