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Abstract: This study evaluates the early implementation of a pilot program of
the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), referred to as
proto-STARS, which occurred between spring 2010 and spring 2011 at nine northeast boarding
schools. The schools comprise the total sample size for the pilot program, and the research
focused on an internal comparison. The evaluation ... read morecentered on clarification of program
implementation in three areas: program use, implementation variation and lessons learned.
Early implementation was assessed in a qualitative study based on assessment data and
interviewee responses. Fewer than half of the schools completed the assessment tool within
the projected timeline. Of the schools that reported a sustainability rating, two were
Bronze level and two were Silver level. A cross group comparison between the assessment
completers and non-completers suggests that few distinguishing factors exist between the
two groups. Individual campus circumstances and difficulty collecting necessary data within
the pilot program's timeframe might help explain the limited completion
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and
Advisor: Ann Rappaport.
Committee: Francine Jacobs.
Keywords: Sustainability, and Secondary education.read less