Sustainability Report

The University of Richmond Sustainability Report measures our sustainability performance across a wide array of University functions and establishes a strong foundation from which to build. The data and scoring methodology presented in this report are drawn from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), an enterprise-wide evaluation of sustainability on campus developed by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS is a voluntary self-reporting assessment that provides a common standard of measurement for sustainability in higher education. University of Richmond earned a Silver STARS rating in both 2013 and 2016, and a Gold STARS rating in 2019 and 2022.

Data for this report is supported by information gathered for the annual Climate Action Plan Progress Report. STARS measures sustainability performance and the progress we have made toward our sustainability goals in four key areas: academics, engagement, operations, and planning & administration. In our report, you will find the results of the STARS report, as well as narratives on University progress and examples of sustainability in action.

Recommendations in each area are based on STARS criteria.

Take some time to explore the report, and feel free to download and share with courses, clubs, and organizations. If you would like a printed copy, please contact us at

University of Richmond 2017 Sustainability Report