Tools

The following tools, frameworks and databases are provided to help you assess, measure and evaluate your levels of achievement in sustainability.

Campus Carbon Calculator – Clean Air-Cool Planet popular tool for measuring carbon emissions on campus.

Energy Audit and Carbon Calculator National Wildlife Federation’s user-friendly energy audit and carbon calculator suitable for students from middle through high school. 

Protostar – Transparent, self-reporting tool designed for K-12 schools to accurately measure sustainability performance on topics ranging from energy efficiency, waste, food, staff hiring and cost of living, to community service, affordability, and risk management. Adapted directly from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) for higher education. (See my blog post on Protostar)

Sustainability Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) – Qualitative questionnaire designed for quick assessment of sustainability in the critical areas of school or university life. Designed by the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future and adapted by Sustainable Schools, LLC.  

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) – Transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Zerofootprint Kids Calculator – Measures impact of child’s lifestyle on planet. Measurements are made in terms kids understand: carbon, land, water, and trees. Includes information for teachers and parents. National Environmental Education Week.