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Getting to Green: The Business Office Role in Achieving STARS Success

April 23, 2021 | 1–2 pm ET


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Eight institutions currently hold platinum status under the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), a self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability. Many of the benchmarks are indicators of business office achievement. From endowments to facilities and fleets, join this session to understand how the business office is an integral part of higher education sustainability practices and performance.

  • With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, the STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance.
  • STARS is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone.
  • STARS is a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
  • AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.  It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.
Join this free webcast to gain an understanding of the STARS points framework and scoring process, learn about the STARS points available in the investment and finance subcategory, and explore how STARS measures sustainable investing. You'll also hear how the STARS measurements can create incentives for continual improvement and facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
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What You Will Learn

NACUBO’s professional development programs are designed to deliver the skills, concepts, and best practices for success to individuals in the business of higher education. After participating in this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify ways data and analytics can better inform, support, and guide decisions made throughout planning and budgeting processes
  • Link strategic goals, data and analytics, the institution’s budget, and operational plans in order to support the institution’s mission
  • Locate specific units or subpopulations in your data that can influence your outcomes

Who Should Attend

  • Accountants

  • Budget and Finance Analysts

  • Budget Directors and Managers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers

  • Controllers
  • Institutional Researchers
  • Planning Officers

  • Unit Business Managers

Meet The Presenters

  • Chris Pelton, STARS program manager, AASHE
  • Brandon Trelstad, sustainability officer , Oregon State University
  • Liz Clark, vice president, policy and research, NACUBO

CPE Information

There are no CPEs offered for this event.

NACUBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website


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Cancellation Policies

Member Standard Ends May 13, 2022


Non-Member Standard Ends May 13, 2022



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