What is the difference between basic and full access?

With the launch of STARS 2.0, AASHE introduced two different levels of access to make campus sustainability reporting much more accessible worldwide. These levels of access make it possible for any higher education institution in the world to publicly report and share their campus sustainability data through STARS.
  • Basic access is available at no cost and allows an institution to document data in the online STARS Reporting Tool, with the option to publicly share their sustainability data and achieve STARS Reporter status.
  • Full access is available by annual subscription and unlocks a host of features, including automated point calculation and the option to submit a report to achieve a STARS Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating. There is also a 50% renewal discount available (fees outlined here).
An institution may move between the two levels of access as needed. For example, an institution with basic access can upgrade to full access at any time by purchasing a subscription in the AASHE portal (instructions are available here). An institution that has its full access subscription lapse retains basic access to its data.

A more complete description of the benefits associated with each level of access is available on the STARS website:

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