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Diverse Paths to Success: Three High-Impact Infrastructure Projects that Reduced Energy Consumption and Emissions

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Rider University (NJ)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Gordian (SC)

Despite lower utility costs and longer payback periods, sustainability outcomes across Higher Education continue to improve through investment in utility & systems upgrades. According to data from the joint 2016 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Spatial Estimation and Visualization of CO2 Emissions for Campus Sustainability: The Case of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Makkah)

A total of 21 metric tons of CO2 per person in terms of per capita emissions from consumption of energy was recorded in Saudi Arabia in 2011 and forecasts have ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2017
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A persuasive feedback support system for energy conservation and carbon emission reduction in campus residential buildings

There is a need for energy conservation mechanisms, especially in university campuses, as students do not have any direct feedback on their energy consumptions, which leads to excess usages. There ...


Reducing Carbon Emissions in a Third Level Educational Institution in Sub-Sahara Africa

  • Strathmore University

The effort to reduce carbon emissions as the arguably most prevalent cause of global warming has been a positive trend in most African countries. One of the most successful strategies ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


The ecological footprint evaluation of low carbon campuses based on life cycle assessment: A case study of Tianjin, China

Global warming is a very serious environmental problem. Universities, the most active organizations and locations for scientific research and social activities, have a responsibility to construct low carbon campuses and ...


Realization of a Low Emission University Campus Through the Implementation of a Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) experience started a few years ago with the aim to manage carbon and energy more efficiently. CAP is a roadmap to get Universities to the ...


University of California's Presidential Initiative for Carbon Neutrality: A Multi-Institutional, Multi-Dimensional Perspective

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)

The 2014 UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative builds on pioneering work on climate research to make all ten campuses carbon neutral in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025. All UC ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Contrasting Approaches to Effective Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies: A Review of Energy-Focused Programs and Lessons Learned

  • Colby College (ME)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

A small private liberal arts college in the Northeast, Colby College, and a large public research university in the Southeast, the University of Virginia, will compare and contrast approaches within ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Driving Change: A survey of how institutions are addressing commuting and business travel.

  • Mohawk College (ON)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

Transportation is often perceived by higher education institutions as an area that is out of their control and therefore difficult to impact change - yet at most schools greenhouse gas emissions ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Revitalizing Sustainability in a Large, Urban Research Institution

  • New York University (NY)

In 2007, New York University made a public commitment to reduce emissions by 30% by 2017. This goal was reached in 2012. In 2015, NYU made another commitment to reduce ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Assessing the Carbon Footprint of Higher Education: Factors Influencing the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • North Carolina A&T State University (NC)

Thanks to the leadership of AASHE and Second Nature almost 20% of all higher education institutions have committed to making significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, and many have made substantial ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Management Strategies for Carbon and Nitrogen: Using a Combined Footprint Tool to Reduce Environmental Impact

  • University of Virginia (VA)

How can institutions assess and manage their impact on the environment? A newly combined tool for carbon and nitrogen footprints offers a platform for institutions to manage their emissions both ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Meeting a Nitrogen Footprint Reduction Goal: A Case Study at the University of Virginia

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia has three 'firsts' with respect to controlling nitrogen pollution. In 2009 it was the first to calculate its nitrogen footprint (492 tonnes N); in 2013 it ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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How Carbon and Nitrogen Footprints Can Inform Sustainability Practices at Colorado College

  • Colorado College (CO)

This case study analyzes the carbon and nitrogen savings associated with opportunities Colorado College, a small liberal arts school in the Rocky Mountains, has for sustainability. By analyzing the current ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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GreenCampusPoints Shop to Save the Planet

  • Boston University (MA)

There are 20.2 million college students in the US, which together account for over 150 billion dollars in discretionary spending each year. Imagine if for every one of those ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Student Internships Mobilizing From Coal to Carbon Neutrality Efforts

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Carbon neutrality efforts require high level planning and coordination; meanwhile, sustainability offices often have few staff and full plates. This case study highlights efforts of two Oberlin College students who ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Post-Paris: Climate Commitments in Action Across Higher Ed, Business, and Cities

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Urban Sustainability Directors Network (IL)
  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (VA)

The Paris climate agreement heralded a new form of international governance combining commitments by countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with commitments from many other sectors-including universities, local governments, and ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Carbon Neutrality at Université Laval

  • Universite Laval (QC)

As the first voluntarily carbon neutral university in Canada, Université Laval (UL) made sure its process was transparent so that any organization looking to combat climate change could refer to ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Carbon management at universities: a reality check

  • University of Southampton

Carbon dioxide emissions from the higher education sector are globally significant. This study compares the performance of 20 institutions in English research-intensive universities to their self-set targets, using three key ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Carbon footprint analysis of student behavior for a sustainable university campus in China

  • Drexel University (PA)

Sustainable urban design, systems-level organizational planning, and human behavior have all been recognized for their potentially important roles in helping to reduce energy costs and associated environmental impacts, including greenhouse ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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UMass Amherst Goes Solar All Over

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

In early 2016, UMass Amherst became the first campus in the UMass System to install a solar parking lot canopy system on its campus. The project, located at the Robsham ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Doubling Energy Efficiency at the University of Michigan by 2030

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)

Approximately 84 million Americans spend their days in colleges, universities, and public or private primary and secondary schools. The commercial building sector, which includes educational institutions, accounts for 18.44 ...


Development of a Carbon Capital Methodology for use by the Higher Education Community

  • Ball State University (IN)

Over a multiyear period, Ball State University collaborated in the development and piloted the implementation of a new methodology by which colleges and universities can qualify their carbon reduction credits ...


Stanford Carbon Offsets to Reduce Emissions (SCORE)

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Stanford Athletic Department boasts 36 varsity sports teams and over 900 student-athletes. These teams travel all over the country to compete at the highest levels of collegiate competition, but ...


Responsible academia: optimizing conference locations to minimize greenhouse gas emissions

  • Florida International University (FL)

The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to many scientists, including ecologists and conservation biologists, are often much greater than those attributable to average non-scientists (Fox et al. 2009, Synolakis and ...


Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Institutions of Higher Education

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission estimates from signatories of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) were compared across Carnegie institutional classifications. Average annual emissions from all institutional classifications ...


Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Building Renewable Energy Infrastructure On a Growing Campus

  • Skidmore College (NY)

This case study will show attendees how one institution was able to dramatically reduce its GHG emissions while simultaneously growing in both institutional square footage and enrollment. From the year ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Developing and Implementing Carbon Mitigation Projects for your Campus

  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Clarkson University (NY)
  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

This panel will explore how academic institutions have developed and manage carbon sequestration projects and mitigation activities. Case studies described by the panel will primarily focus on forest carbon but ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Beyond Offsets: Innovative approaches to achieving and exceeding our climate commitments

  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)
  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)

Climate change is a defining issue of our time, and colleges and university are leading the way by setting ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. Many of us are even striving ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Renewable and Carbon Free: Aiming for net zero energy and net zero greenhouse gas

  • University of California, Merced (CA)

Since Campus opened in 2005, UC Merced has demonstrated success in everything from green building to energy efficiency to waste diversion. These successes combined with what we have learned has ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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7 years & 1,854,472 tonnes: A collaborative journey toward climate stabilization

  • LHB, Inc. (MN)

Moving beyond good intentions, Rosemount, a rapidly growing Minneapolis exurb, is taking a leadership role in planning for significant city-wide greenhouse gas reductions. As a participant in Minnesota's GreenStep ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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LED-ing the way to greenhouse gas reduction goals

  • New York University (NY)

Are you 'in the dark' about LED lighting? It's the next best thing in energy efficient lighting that can achieve energy savings of 80-90%. The switch to LEDs as ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Combined Heat and Power: Bridge to a Carbon Neutral Future

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Universities and colleges often use district energy systems to supply heat to campus buildings. Most of these systems are fossil fueled and comprise a significant percentage of an institution's ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Getting everyone on board with carbon neutrality: UC system best practices for faculty, student, and staff engagement

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

In 2014, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, committing UC to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. President Napolitano formed a Global Climate Leadership Council to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Achieving and Promoting a Lower Carbon Footprint on Campus - Energy Efficiency and Solar Arrays

  • Spelman College (GA)
  • Sterling Planet, Inc. (GA)

Visible marketing is the path to community engagement and public outreach initiatives to grow development of sustainable changes on campus and within our communities. Whether completing energy efficiency project or ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Zanmi Kafe: Using payments for carbon sequestration to promote climate action on Sewanee's campus, and more sustainable agroecosystems on Haiti's Central Plateau

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

Zanmi Kafe is a collaboration between Sewanee: The University of the South, and Zanmi Agrikol, a Haitian non-profit agricultural organization that promotes the adoption of more sustainable agroecosystems in the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Cashing in Carbon: Selling Carbon Reductions to Leverage Campus Sustainability

  • Boston University (MA)

This year, with momentum from the Chevy Campus Clean Energy Challenge, Boston University reached its 2020 goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. Through the robust Verified ...

  • 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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Making Carbon Neutrality a Reality at Cornell

  • Cornell University (NY)

Cornell's 2035 neutrality goal is motivated by the belief that we have a responsibility to generate global solutions while addressing our own emissions by developing and demonstrating scalable solutions ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Stanford reduces emissions by 68% in 2015

  • Stanford University (CA)

In late 2011, Stanford's Board of Trustees approved the investment in SESI, of which a key component is a replacement Central Energy Facility for heat recovery, to meet the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Saving $370 Million while Reducing Emissions by 35%

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

In 2014, the President of the University of Maryland announced several new initiatives that will allow the university to save money while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. These ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Carbon-Reduction Efficacy Analysis of Transportation Alternatives: How to Prioritize Initiatives and Influence the Administration

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • Salt Lake Community College (UT)

California climate change legislation has increased the urgency for the state’s educational institutions to identify the most effective carbon-reduction strategies from their largest source of indirect carbon emissions – student ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Two models of leveraging campus initiatives to enhance sustainability at the University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

With the aim to reduce carbon footprint of campus operations at the University of British Columbia, biomass is utilized for energy production. Campus as a living lab initiative established the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Blackout (A Night Out With the Lights Out): University Sustainability as a Social, Carbon-Saving Activity for Students and Staff

  • University of Southampton

On one evening in April 2012, 255 students and staff at the University of Southampton completed the first campus-wide equipment energy audit and switch-off event. The aims were to deliver ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Green Capital Projects: How to Get Cash Flow and Reduce Emissions

  • Sweet Briar College (VA)
  • Stone House Group (PA)

Sweet Briar College realized the need to reduce energy cost and consumption on campus after four environmental engineering students conducted an energy audit in 2008. The audit inspired the College ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Off-site Power Purchase Agreements: How Long-term Contracts Can Reduce Emissions and Energy Costs

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • ERG Consulting Firm (MA)

Colleges and universities are committing to aggressive emission reduction goals as part of their efforts to reduce their carbon footprints and meet their commitments under the ACUPCC. Electricity use commonly ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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New Funding Sources to Drive Campus Clean Energy/GHG Leadership and Innovation

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Valencia College (FL)

This workshop introduces an entirely new funding source for colleges dedicated to pursuing aggressive clean energy efficiency goals: the voluntary carbon market. With announcements poised to be made at the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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