The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™(STARS) is a framework for colleges and universities to measure their overall sustainability performance. In February 2016, Seattle University submitted its first STARS report and achieved a gold rating (with a score of 69.41) from this rigorous benchmarking program. In March, 2018, Seattle University's second STARS report resulted again in a GOLD rating with an improved score of 75.64. View SU's STARS report HERE.
In 2018, Seattle U obtained the #8 place in Sierra's "Cool Schools," up from #48 in 2017. Seattle U was the only university in Washington State to make the magazine’s top 20. The rankings highlight schools that displayed a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate issues and encouraging environmental responsibility. The schools were ranked based largely on their existing STARS scores.