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The Biochemistry Cell Culture Facility at CU Boulder: Avoided costs and other benefits resulting from shared equipment in collaborative research space

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

With scientists experiencing intense competition for federal biomedical research funding, efficiency and cost-saving measures are powerful tools to maximize the impact of those research dollars. The large environmental footprint of ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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Energy Security, Resilience, and Cost Savings: Solar Can Do More Than Save the Planet

  • Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (VA)
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities (VT)

Installing a solar PV array on campus is one way campuses across the country are working toward their climate and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. But with the cost of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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New Drivers for Campus Microgrids: Resiliency, Community, Research, Jobs & Cost Savings

Colleges and universities were among the first to adopt microgrid technology in North America. Initially they did so to ensure electric reliability on a grid that had yet to fully ...

  • Posted Oct. 25, 2017
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4.5 MW Solar Farm

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)
  • REC Solar (CA)

Cal Poly has a 4.5 MW solar farm on 18.5-acres on the western edge of its campus. It was financed, designed, constructed and is maintained by REC Solar ...

  • Posted Oct. 9, 2017
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Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions at the University of Calgary

  • University of Calgary (AB)

At University of Calgary, our buildings are very large contributors to our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With the goal of being a leading Canadian post-secondary institution in the area of ...


Using classroom schedule data to reduce energy consumption

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Most Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC) are designed to provide a ventilation based on the assumption that the rooms are fully occupied, when real occupancy is most often ...


Stanford achieves dramatic greenhouse gas emissions reductions to surpass state, national, and international climate targets

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) is a new campus energy system powered by renewables, designed to meet the current and future energy needs of Stanford University in an environmentally, socially ...


KMRB Energy Reduction Project

  • University of Rochester (NY)

The University of Rochester’s Medical Center operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week in a 5.4 million square foot complex. Facilities Operations is responsible for providing conditioned ...


Project Green Step 2030: Catawba College Campus Solar Energy Installation

  • Catawba College (NC)

Catawba College completed a solar energy project in 2016 that is projected to produce more solar electricity than all the other North Carolina colleges and universities combined. This was the ...


San Jose State University Chiller Plant Improvements

  • San Jose State University (CA)

The Chilled Water Plant underwent a major retrofit which was completed in 2012, which included the replacement of two electric chillers and the re-piping of the plant to allow the ...


Restroom Water Reduction Potential at an Urban University

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

A water audit was conducted at a variety of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus buildings to help evaluate the potential to conserve water and save the university money ...

  • Posted April 20, 2017
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Greening academia: Developing sustainable waste management at Higher Education Institutions

  • University of Southampton

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are often the size of small municipalities. Worldwide, the higher education (HE) sector has expanded phenomenally; for example, since the 1960s, the United Kingdom (UK) HE ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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Energy challenges: isolating results due to behavior change

  • Allegheny College (PA)

Purpose

Approximately 700 colleges and universities have committed to climate neutrality, which will require significant reductions in energy consumption. This paper aims to explore the effectiveness of an Annual Energy ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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201 kW Ground Mount Array: West Side

  • Western Nevada College (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

This 201 kW ground-mounted array was installed on the west side of the Western Nevada College campus in Carson City. The first renewable energy project for WNC is a source ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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180 kW Rooftop Array: Bristlecone Building

  • Western Nevada College (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

Black Rock Solar has installed a fifth solar array for Western Nevada College – a 180-kW roof array on the Bristlecone Building. The latest 666 panels at the Carson City campus ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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100 kW Canopy Array: Quinney College of Law

  • University of Utah (UT)

Officials switched on a new set of solar panels at the University of Utah in October 2016. The panels canvas the top of a new parking structure next to the ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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49 kW Ground Mount Array: Auto Shop

  • Western Nevada College (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

Black Rock Solar installed a 49 kW ground-mounted array powering the Auto Shop at Western Nevada College’s Carson City campus. The array is expected to offset 100 percent of ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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49 kW Ground Mount Array: Bently Hall

  • Western Nevada College (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

This is Black Rock Solar’s third project with WNC, and was built concurrently with another 49 kilowatt array at the Carson City campus. These arrays bring the college’s ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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3.2 MW West Campus Solar Farm (11 Acres)

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

UCR signed a 20-year power purchase agreement that allowed SunPower Corporation to construct, operate and maintain the 3.2 MW facility with the university purchasing the power. UCR spent $350 ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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167 kW Rooftop Array: Alfond Athletic Center

  • Thomas College (ME)

The "Alfond Array” is one of the state’s largest solar photovoltaic arrays. Made up of almost 700 solar panels on the Alfond Athletic Center, this 175 kWh system produces ...

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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100 kW Solar Carport

  • State University of New York at Farmingdale (NY)

Farmingdale State College today unveiled a carport/charging station that is a major component of the $24 million Long Island Smart Energy Corridor funded by $12 million from the U ...

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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1.5 MW Solar Field

  • Santa Fe College (FL)
  • Positive Energy Solar (NM)

Santa Fe Community College’s commitment to renewable energy continues with the recent 1.5 MW solar system installation by Positive Energy Solar – one that will produce a full 44 ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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An Economic Analysis of a University Educational Cafeteria Composting Program—Bobcat Blend

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

At Texas State University, a cafeteria-composting pilot program was established in which students source-separated their organic waste at one of the food courts while the program educated students on the ...


How to Use Renewables to Cut Carbon and Boost the Bottom Line

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Howard University (DC)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

This workshop will help participants develop comprehensive renewable energy plans that educate campus stakeholders, dramatically reduce GHGs, and provide cost savings and budget certainty by avoiding volatile conventional energy costs ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Savings by Design: Implementing a Reusable To-Go Program with savings in mind.

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Virginia Tech Dining Services has implemented a robust Reusable To-Go container program with the help of partner campus organizations. The program is available at three dining centers and averages 3 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Novel cost-neutral programs that advance your campus waste reduction goals

  • GreeniPhi (VA)

As budgets are slashed on campuses, realizing ambitious sustainability goals requires novel thinking in order to create self-financed and cost-neutral projects. Experiential fundraisers may not seem to be the clearest ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Summer 2016 - St. John's University upgraded 41,000 lamps and 6,000 fixtures to LED

  • St. John's University, New York (NY)

In Summer 2016, St. John's University invested $1.4 million to upgrade 41,000 lamps and 6,000 light fixtures to LED technology. Highlights of the project include:

  1. Utility ...
  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Implementation Model: Water Hub

  • Emory University (GA)
  • United States Department of Energy

Emory University’s Water Hub uses on-site, adaptive ecological technology to reclaim up to 400,000 gallons of campus wastewater daily. The system has cut potable water consumption by as ...


Implementation Model: Tying Energy Costs to Building Occupants

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • United States Department of Energy

UC Berkeley's Energy Management Initiative (EMI) targets building occupants through building surveys and energy dashboards, and allocates energy cost responsibility to individual campus operating units to achieve savings of ...


Economic feasibility of campus-wide photovoltaic systems in New England

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Compared to the national average residential retail electricity price, Connecticut (CT) had the 4th highest electricity price in the country with 19.23 cents/kWh in September 2015, nearly 50 ...


The Business Case for Renewable Energy: A Guide for Colleges and Universities

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Growing numbers of colleges and universities are making the leap to renewable energy. And some are not only saving money - they’re making money on their renewable energy purchases. This ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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UW Admissions Modernization and Paper Reduction

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

After years of planning, the University of Washington’s Admissions Office switched to paperless digital admissions process for most prospective students in 2015, with plans to expand it to all ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Duke Water Reclamation Pond

  • Duke University (NC)

After a severe drought in 2007, Duke spearheaded water reclamation projects across campus. The 5.5 acre reclamation pond collects storm water from 22% of Duke's main campus, over ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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UW–Madison Receipt Reduction Project

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Over a span of two years, teams of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Wisconsin–Madison eliminated mandatory receipt printing at campus dining centers, restaurants, markets, and cafes ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Starting with small energy conservation projects leads to huge energy conservation success

  • University of Rochester (NY)

The University of Rochester has many competing demands for funding. In the early 2000’s energy projects were managed by individual facilities departments with typically less than $40,000 expended ...


Leading by Collaboration: Institutional composting on a non-residential campus

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

JCCC's composting initiatives have changed operational practices and enriched campus culture in many ways. Those directly involved in our composting work are passionate about reducing food waste, handling it ...


Warriors Don’t Waste: Improving the Waste Stream at Eastern Connecticut State University.

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

In early 2015 Eastern’s Green Campus Committee started to tackle the major initiative of improving the campus waste stream. In taking on this project the committee knew that there ...


Business Case for Campus Efficiencies and Climate Change

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Questions from NACUBO's Sustainability Advisory Panel for business/finance officers to ask about the future. One of 41 posters presented at the NACUBO 2015 Annual Meeting, July 18-21, 2015.

  • Posted April 28, 2016
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The Energy Smart Guide to Campus Cost Savings

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)
  • United States Department of Energy

Rebuild America created The Energy Smart Guide to Campus Cost Savings to help college and university managers sort through the opportunities and possibilities for saving energy and money on their ...

  • Posted March 28, 2016
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Setting Building Energy Use Goals: Tracking Climate Action Plan targets and successes

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

This panel discussion will share the experience of three campuses in setting energy use goals for campus facilities. As energy and sustainability managers, the presenters will share their approaches to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability Challenges and Triumphs at a West African University: Waste, Water, Energy Land, and New Construction

  • American University of Nigeria (Adamawa,)

Sustainability has been a high priority at the American University of Nigeria (AUN),for more than three years.The fastest progress has been in waste management; AUN was spending more ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Tools for Sustainability Master Plans: Key Performance Indicators & Campus Investments

  • Kirksey (TX)

A rapid growth of STARS in last decade has established Sustainability Master Plans (SMPs) at over 300 universities nationwide. SMPs are using metrics like 'Energy Use Intensity', '% total expenditures' and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Plenary: The Business Case for Campus Sustainability

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

How can you build greater support for sustainability on your campus? This diverse group of panelists will share their stories, tips and strategies for making the business case for sustainability.

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Georgia Tech: Leading the Way to Sustainability Through Comprehensive Water Management (2015)

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

Georgia Tech has taken strides to understand and improve its water footprint. From its Stormwater Master Plan to wastewater reclamation/reuse, Georgia Tech is implementing a water management system to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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OZZI & Reusable To-Go Containers: Reducing Waste & Saving Money

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This interactive and engaging session will highlight a new system of collecting reusable to- go containers via a machine called, OZZI. Panelists from diverse higher education institutions, student populations and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability without sacrifice: How URIs are saving money & reducing GHG emissions by investing in energy efficiency

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Finding a way to prioritize and finance sustainability projects can be difficult for any institution, but may present a unique struggle at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and under-resourced institutions (URIs). To ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Diverse Perspectives: The University of Utah’s Innovative Law School

  • University of Utah (UT)
  • SmithGroupJJR (MI)

On completion in March 2015, the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law’s 156,000 SF new building will represent an entirely new development in legal education that ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Engaging in Efficiency: Models for Campus – Led Energy Partnerships

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System Office (KY)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • United States Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) is a partnership program engaging colleges, universities, and the commercial buildings sector to improve the efficiency of the nation ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Operational Effectiveness and Efficiency through Sustainability

  • North Carolina A&T State University (NC)

The challenges that the North Carolina A&T state University is facing is not unique to it as an HBCU but is also being faced by other peer institutions ( competitive educational ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability 3.0 - Navigating the New Economic Frontier in Higher Education

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Like many organizations, higher education is going through a time of transformation. We are called to action to respond to competing demands, funding pressures, risk mitigation and governance, all while ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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