What is the difference between basic and full access?

Two levels of access are provided 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 publish an unscored report and receive STARS Reporter designation.
  • Full access is available by annual subscription and unlocks a host of features, including automated point calculation and the option to earn 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.


The Basics

  1. We’re not ready to submit a report, but our subscription is expiring. Can we get an extension?
  2. How do I purchase or renew a STARS subscription?
  3. What is the difference between basic and full access?
  4. What is sustainability?
  5. Is my institution eligible to participate in STARS?
  6. Why is our institution not listed in the drop down menu on the registration page?
  7. Can institutions outside the U.S. and Canada earn a STARS rating?
  8. Why is executive contact information required?
  9. What is the best way to prepare for the STARS reporting process?
  10. How long does it take to submit a STARS Report?
  11. How do I get access to STARS for my college or university?
  12. Who can I contact with my specific STARS related questions?
  13. Do I need to be an AASHE Member to use STARS?
  14. How often does STARS change?
  15. When will the next version of STARS be released and what will happen to our current submission?
  16. What does "performance year" mean?
  17. How can I determine if my institution meets the criteria for a credit?
  18. How should we select a baseline year?
  19. Can we include data from non-academic year activities (i.e. summer)?
  20. Can we resubmit data from a previous STARS submission?
  21. How do I submit feedback or suggest an improvement to a credit?
  22. What time frame should be used when reporting information to STARS?
  23. Do we have to use the same baseline year for all credits?
  24. How many total points are available in STARS?
  25. What does it mean that a rating is "expired"?
  26. What score (or how many points) do we need for each STARS Rating?
  27. How long does it take for the report to be reviewed and the rating to go public?
  28. Can I submit a report under an older version of STARS?
  29. What happens after we submit our STARS report?
  30. How often can we submit a STARS report?
  31. How can I get a high resolution copy of our STARS seal?
  32. How long is a STARS rating valid?
  33. Who will be able to view my final STARS Report?
  34. How does AASHE ensure that STARS reports and data are accurate?
  35. Are reports reviewed or verified?
  36. How do I submit a report for staff review?
  37. Correcting information in an existing STARS report
  38. Can I revise data in a submitted STARS report even after our subscription has expired?
  39. What is the Sustainable Campus Index (SCI)?
  40. How can my institution be included in the Sustainable Campus Index (SCI)?
  41. How can I compare how other institutions have responded on specific STARS credits, questions or metrics?
  42. What are the different access levels for STARS Data Displays?
  43. How much does it cost for Full Access to STARS?
  44. What is the reporting deadline?
  45. What is our deadline for submitting a report?
  46. What is the proper way to cite STARS Reports or data?
  47. How were the credits developed and weighted?
  48. How can a new product, program or standard gain recognition in STARS?

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