Stevens, once again, has earned a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of its sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Stevens is one of only 157 universities across the globe to receive a Gold rating.

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Stevens' STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website.

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With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s 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. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) academics 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Stevens Institute of Technology has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

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. For more information about AASHE, visit

For more information about the STARS program, visit


Stevens Institute of Technology has two complexes that have received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The University Center Complex earned LEED Gold certification in 2022. Read this article to learn more.

The Gateway Academic Center earned LEED Gold certification in 2020. Read this article to learn more.

According to the USGBC, LEED is the world's most widely used green building rating system. LEED certification provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings, which offer environmental, social and governance benefits. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, and it is backed by an entire industry of committed organizations and individuals paving the way for market transformation.

There are nearly 200,000 LEED projects across 186 countries and territories. LEED-certified buildings are critical to addressing climate change and meeting ESG goals, enhancing resilience, and supporting more equitable communities. LEED is a holistic system that doesn’t simply focus on one building element, such as energy, water or health. Instead, it looks at the big picture, factoring in all critical elements that work together to create the best building possible. The goal of LEED is to create better buildings that:

  • Reduce contribution to global climate change

  • Enhance individual human health

  • Protect and restore water resources

  • Protect and enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services

  • Promote sustainable and regenerative material cycles

  • Enhance community quality of life

Learn more about USGBC's LEED rating system.

Hoboken Green Business

Stevens is a 2023 Hoboken Green Business! Stevens is one of only 28 Hoboken businesses to receive this recognition. This program recognizes business in Hoboken that make deliberate efforts to advance sustainable and environmentally responsible practices for their customers, employees, and community.

Learn more about the Hoboken Green Business program.