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University of Nevada, Las Vegas, by earning a 2011 Silver Rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Ratings System (STARS), is ahead of the curve among public universities – and improving.

STARS is a voluntary, self–reporting framework developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to help measure sustainability performance over time and among colleges and universities nationwide. The UNLV Sustainability Council oversaw STARS, which by measuring sustainability can help UNLV to reduce energy consumption and waste, improve education, attract research, and generate jobs.

A rating of Silver puts UNLV in great company – with Yale, University of North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Florida, and Michigan State – and improving.

A Few Highlights

  • UNLV has secured more than $99 million in funding for renewable energy research over the past 10 years.
  • UNLV scored high marks for its new Renewable Energy Minor and Graduate Cirtificate program.
  • Greenspun Hall earned LEED Gold and the Science and Engineering Building scored LEED Silver designations.
  • Grounds and Landscape earned a perfect score.
  • Rebel Recycling diverted 60% of all waste.
  • STARS will serve as a road map for a Comprehensive UNLV Sustainability Action Plan.


Curriculum evaluation; Energy auditing; Energy conservation; Environmental impact analysis; Management audit; Sustainability; Sustainability Tracking; Assessment & Ratings System (STARS); Sustainable development reporting; Universities and colleges—Environmental aspects; University of Nevada; Las Vegas


Civil and Environmental Engineering | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Policy | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Radiochemistry | Sustainability | Urban Studies and Planning


Attached file: Letter from UNLV President Neal Smatresk to the AASHE Board of Directors

Signatures have been redacted for privacy and security measures.

NSmatresk_STARS-ReportCardLetter_2011.pdf (1182 kB)
Letter to the AASHE Board