The Concordia Campus Sustainability Assessment (CCSA) is at the core of Sustainable Concordia's work. The assessment provides an understanding of the university's research, academics, operations, and community, identifying obstacles and opportunities for sustainable development on campus. These reports are conducted every three years, and have engaged hundreds of student researchers, guided by the knowledge and expertise of Concordia staff, faculty, and administrators.
Over the years, many innovative projects have been born from the research and relationships formed in conducting research for the assessment.
The 2003 and 2006 CCSAs were guided by the Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework (CSAF), designed by researcher Lindsay Cole.
The 2009 and 2012 CCSAs followed the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) framework, a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).