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Ten Tools for Moving Your Campus to 100% Clean Energy Membership Required

Environment America designed a series of 10 fact sheets as a resource for students, faculty and administrators interested in moving their campus toward sustainability. The fact sheets have been crafted ...

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A Research on Physical Characteristics and Campus Sustainability Performance of American Univerisity Campus Membership Required

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Tsinghua University

Sixty four STARS rated campuses across the United States make up the total sample list of the research. The paper starts from the correlation analysis between physical characteristics and sustainable ...

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Market Data: Building Energy Management Systems Membership Required

This report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for building energy management systems (BEMSs), examining technology trends, and providing forecasts, segmented by region, offering type, and customer type, through ...

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New Drivers for Campus Microgrids: Resiliency, Community, Research, Jobs & Cost Savings Membership Required

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 ...

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Bates College Students Install Solar Panels on Research Faciltiy Membership Required

  • Bates College (ME)

Working with local solar installer Revision Energy, Bates College students work on the roof of our Shortridge Research Facility to install enough solar panels to cover 100% of the building ...


Bates College's New Wood-based, Liquid Fuel Boiler Membership Required

  • Bates College (ME)

In January of 2017, Bates College began using a fuel which no other college or university in the United States has used before. Known as Renewable Fuel Oil, it is ...


Space Utilization at NSCC Membership Required

  • Nova Scotia Community College (NS)

The scheduling staff optimizing space utilization through the College's scheduling software.

Students in a flexible learning space designed to accommodate multiple trades programs, thus optimizing the usability of the ...


Stanford raises environmental standard for Middle Plaza project following concerns Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Following concerns raised by a local nonprofit, Stanford agreed to raise environmental standards for its Middle Plaza Project in Menlo Park. The new 8.4-acre mixed-use project will include 215 ...

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Cornell University Ithaca Campus: Energy Direct Billing Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

A new Energy Direct Billing budget model went into effect at Cornell University in 2014, making each college/unit on campus responsible for its own utility bill. This model provides ...

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Loyola's Lake Shore Campus Chapel on the shores of Lake Michigan Membership Required

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Loyola's Lake Shore Campus Chapel on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Loyola's Lake Shore Campus on the shores of Lake Michigan Membership Required

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

LEED Silver Klarchek Information Commons. Loyola's Lake Shore Campus on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Energy Master Plan - St. John's University, New York Membership Required

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

St. John's University is preparing to commit to deeper carbon emissions reductions. As a participant in the New York City Carbon Challenge since 2007, SJU will achieve its commitment ...

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Spatial mapping of occupant satisfaction and indoor environment quality in a LEED platinum campus building Membership Required

This paper reports a post-occupancy evaluation study of a LEED Platinum building on a university campus. A multiple-tool POE approach with GIS-based spatial mapping method was used to analyze and ...

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Occupant satisfaction in LEED-certified higher education buildings Membership Required

The purpose of this paper is to quantify occupant satisfaction levels within Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified higher education buildings and determine the extent to which this ...

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Greening University Campus Buildings to Reduce Consumption and Emission while Fostering Hands-on Inquiry-based Education Membership Required

This paper describes a method of greening university campus buildings that normally contribute to a large amount of energy and water consumption, air pollution, and resource depletions. The University of ...

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Urban Design for Sustainability Syllabus Membership Required

  • Lesley University (MA)

What would a truly sustainable society look like? We will address that question, starting with a look at the rise and decline of societies and how the ideas of sustainability ...

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A persuasive feedback support system for energy conservation and carbon emission reduction in campus residential buildings Membership Required

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 ...

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Kauai Community College Tiny House Hydro Electric Micro Grid Project

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

During the Summer of 2016 a free Tiny House building course was offered free to the community of Kauai. The course ran for five days and focused on building the ...

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Building as a Living Laboratory: The Integrated Technology Center Membership Required

  • Western Technical College (WI)

When you enter an academic building on a college campus, you expect that learning takes place there. Desks and labs, offices and hallways, students and faculty—all are standard. But ...

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Novel Solution to University's Pool and Shower Heating Membership Required

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The plan is to install a localized, state of the art heating system for Campus Recreation’s pool and shower systems. The project would involve disconnecting the central boiler heating ...

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Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions at the University of Calgary Membership Required

  • 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 ...

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Using classroom schedule data to reduce energy consumption Membership Required

  • 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 ...

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Stanford University's R&DE Creatively Responds to the California Drought Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Sustainability is a core value to Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE). R&DE is responsible for about 1/3 of Stanford's campus, housing over 13,000 residents ...

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Portland State University - All Gender Restroom Policy Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

In late 2015 Portland State University (PSU) administration officially adopted an all gender restroom policy (also sometimes referred to as gender-neutral, unisex, or universal) for the PSU campus. The all ...

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KMRB Energy Reduction Project Membership Required

  • 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 ...

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NC State University Achieves 95 Percent Diversion With Building Deconstruction Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Harrelson Hall, the first round classroom building constructed on a university campus, was deconstructed in 2016 and NC State University exceeded its waste diversion goal, diverting 95 percent of non-hazardous ...

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Sustainability@BU / It's what you do. Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

The video from Boston University highlights the impact that each student at BU has on the environment. This includes individual footprints on things like carbon, water, waste, and electricity. After ...

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Comparison of Occupant Behavior in a Traditional, Green Featured, and LEED Certified Building Case Membership Required

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

In developed nations, 20-40% of greenhouse gas emissions and more than one-third of energy consumption are attributable to buildings. Among various available strategies, the building sector has the greatest potential ...

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PowerZee – Sustainable Change through User Engagement Membership Required

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • Engie

PowerZee (formerly PowerZ) is a smartphone application (‘app’) developed by NTU, along with industry partner ENGIE, for energy conservation and sustainability through user engagement. The application fosters knowledge and nudges ...

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Temple Tiny House Membership Required

  • Temple University (PA)

The Temple University Tiny House project is a student designed and student constructed sustainable building located at Temple Community Garden on main campus. Completed in spring 2017, the 175 square ...

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LEED® Platinum - University of Miami Frost School of Music Studios Membership Required

  • University of Miami (FL)

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the ...

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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 ...

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State University of New York at Cortland Habitat for Humanity Sustainable Living Workshop Membership Required

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

The SUNY Cortland Habitat for Humanity Club hosted a sustainable living workshop where participants learned about and made items they can use in the own homes to promote a more ...

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Sustainable Un-building Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

Students, faculty, staff, and Greencastle community members were invited to participate in the event “Unbuilding: Sustainable Deconstruction and ‘Give-Away’ at DePauw’s Campus Farm House.” During Winter Term, students began ...

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Green Roof Dedication Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State President Eric Barron spoke at the dedication of the HUB Green Roof, 2014 class gift, on April 21.

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SJSU Student Health and Wellness Center Membership Required

  • San Jose State University (CA)

The Student Health and Counseling facility was constructed to enhance access for students living on campus while balancing convenient care for the growing residential population through both location and features ...

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Energy Efficiency Assessment at Texas State University Membership Required

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)
  1. How to calculate CO2 emissions from purchased electricity?
  2. What are the most important financial factors in energy efficiency assessment?
  3. How different energy efficiency plans can affect financial outcomes in a ...
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The Deceptive Metric Membership Required

  • Kirksey (TX)
  • This presentation will outline limitations that abound metrics like Energy Use Intensity and Noise Levels.
  • Audience will understand how building codes can be leveraged to inform Sustainability Master Plans.
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The Green Labs Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Best practices for implementing a Green Labs program into a university.

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RMIT University Climate Risk Assessment Membership Required

  • RMIT University

This report details the process and findings from the first climate risk assessment carried out for RMIT University, with a primary focus on the Melbourne City campus. The analysis considered ...

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INhouse : a design|build project focused on collaboration, student engagement, and situational design Membership Required

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

INhouse was a net-zero residence designed by a collaborative Cal Poly San Luis Obispo team in response to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015.

The Solar Decathlon ...

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Leveraging Sub-Meter Data as Feedback to Engage Community Members and Save Energy on Shoestring Staffing and Funding Membership Required

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • AASHE (PA)

Macalester College has leveraged no-cost and open-source solutions to provide feedback to community members while, simultaneously, informing facilities about energy-saving opportunities to further advance its sub-metering initiatives. Whether you find ...

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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 ...

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From Reactive to Proactive: Findings From Analyzing 400 School Buildings Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Buildpulse (WA)

Facility teams are extremely busy, and have a growing workload that is tackled with resources that are spread increasingly thin. Automating even a small portion of their jobs can free ...

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LEED Certification of Campus Buildings: A Cost-Benefit Approach Membership Required

  • Seton Hall University (NJ)

No comprehensive study has been done within the higher education sector to see if Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification makes sense economically. This study helps fill the ...

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The business case for high performance green buildings: Sustainability and its financial impact Membership Required

  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)

This paper endeavours to present building owners, managers, architects and design/builders with a compelling business case for considering a green building for their new construction projects. A green building ...

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Green Building Performance: A Post Occupancy Evaluation of 22 GSA Buildings Membership Required

  • U.S. General Services Administration

Do “green” buildings deliver the performance they promise? To answer this question, the General Services Administration (GSA) selected 22 representative green buildings from its national portfolio, including 12 buildings whose ...

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The Business Case for Green Building: A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants Membership Required

This report examines whether or not it is possible to attach a financial value to the cost and benefits of green buildings. Today, green buildings can be delivered at a ...

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Environmental perceptions and health before and after relocation to a green building

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • State University of New York Upstate Medical University (NY)
  • Syracuse University (NY)

Green buildings are designed to have low environmental impacts and improved occupant health and well-being. Improvements to the built environment including ventilation, lighting, and materials have resulted in improved indoor ...

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Do Green Buildings Outperform Conventional Buildings? Indoor Environment and Energy Performance in North American Offices Membership Required

A comprehensive post-occupancy investigation of the performance of ìgreenî and ìconventionalî office buildings has been completed. The study included occupant surveys and physical building and energy use data collected from ...

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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

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Veritiv

Sandy Springs, GA
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8760 Engineering

St. Louis, MO
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Energy Master Planning / Metering / Retrofits, Advanced Cx, Retro-Cx and Central Plant Optimization.

Arup

New York, NY
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BNIM Architects

Kansas City, MO
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Brightworks Sustainability

Portland, OR
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Buildpulse

Seattle, WA
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Delta M Incorporated

Milton, ON
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Delta M provides improved air quality within your current capital outlay - our filters cost the same as other quality filters on the market, but with added features that improves the air you breathe and diverts 100% of filter waste from landfills.

FXFOWLE Architects

New York, NY
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Glumac

Portland, OR
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Greenbank Associates

Piedmont, CA
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Green Building Services

Portland, OR
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GreenerU

Watertown, MA
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Hord Coplan Macht

Baltimore, MD
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Max-R

Sussex, WI
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Max-R is the innovator of the customized waste and recycling bin.

Miller Hull Partnership

Seattle, WA
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Nitsch Engineering

Boston, MA
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nora systems, Inc.

Salem, NH
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Quinn Evans Architects

Washington, DC
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SEQUIL Systems Inc

Delray Beach, FL
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The University Financing Foundation, Inc.

Kennesaw, GA
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Tork, an Essity brand

Philadelphia, PA
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SCA is a leading global hygiene products company that develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Tork, a global brand of SCA, is a market leader and committed partner to customers in over 100 countries.