STARS Report

STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities around the world to measure their sustainability performance. In May 2018 TRU submitted its third report (first in 2011 gained silver; second in 2015 gained gold) and was delighted to learn we received a platinum rating with a score of 88.31 — the highest ever achieved by any institution.

Growth in percentage of available points

Energy and air quality

Using more renewable energy and using less energy overall


  • Retrofits completed on almost all buildings to achieve energy conservation
  • Solar energy installations
  • Hired full-time energy specialist
  • Reduced the most energy of any BC institution over the past four years


  • 35% reduction in GHG emissions since 2010, exceeding 2020 target
  • 665MMBtu of on-site solar energy installed


Diverting waste from landfill and using less materials overall


  • 500+ zero-waste containers installed
  • All campus events and functions are zero-waste
  • Electronic collection bins installed across campus


  • Waste diversion rate rose to 61% in 2017
  • Annual waste generated is 522 tonnes


Reducing and reusing water on campus


  • Building water assessments completed using 2017 data
  • Target set in 2018 of 29% water consumption reduction over 2017 baseline


  • Annual cost of water at TRU is $180,000

Dining services and food

Offering healthy food choices and sourcing food locally and ethically


  • On-site ‘urban cultivator’ used to grow herbs and salad greens
  • Vegan dining program
  • All food packaging is compostable or biodegradable
  • Straw-free campus


  • 18% of food served is third-party verified or locally sourced
  • 10% of food waste is composted in-house


Promoting active and alternative transportation choices


  • BC Transit UPASS provided to all students
  • TRU RideShare and Zipcar programs implemented
  • 8 electric vehicles introduced to operations fleet
  • Bike share and bike purchase programs introduced


  • 33% increase in transit use, resulting in 30% reduction in single occupant vehicle trips
  • 8 electric vehicle chargers are located on campus

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