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University of Denver's Renter Efficiency Program for Students

  • University of Denver (CO)

The University of Denver's Renter Efficiency Program for Students offers free energy audits to students who are renting off campus houses or apartments. The goal of these energy audits ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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The Upgrade Alternative: When Energy Upgrades Prove Cost Prohibitive, Microgrids Offer Another Path

  • SimpliPhi (CA)

K-12 and higher education systems across the U.S. and beyond often struggle to upgrade or install energy efficient HVAC and other energy equipment in the face of shrinking budgets ...

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Piloting of a Hybrid Continuous, Live, Virtual, and Traditional Energy Audit Methodology

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

This poster showcases a comprehensive, student-driven energy efficiency study at Florida Gulf Coast University. This case study examines best practices for energy metering and benchmarking in a single campus building ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Estimating the financial feasibility and technical potential for solar PV on all U.S. schools

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

In 2016, approximately 64% of total electricity generated in the United States came from fossil fuel sources, while approximately 2% came from solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation. Due to this ...

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Bates College Conversion to Burn New Wood-Based, Liquid Fuel in Central Steam Plant

  • Bates College (ME)

Bates College has begun burning a new, wood-based liquid fuel in its central steam plant - the first college in the country to do so. This new fuel, called Renewable Fuel ...

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Reduce Peak Demand and Increase Grid Stability With On-Site Energy Storage

  • Austin Community College (TX)

The Austin Community College District (ACC) has installed a 72kW energy storage system on their Eastview campus. The grant funded battery project, known as Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy ...

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So You've Got Energy Meters - Now what? Dealing With the Other Challenges to Getting Energy Data

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)

It's hard to manage what you don't measure, and this is especially true with energy. We are strong believers in the role energy data analysis plays in helping ...

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Step Changes in Climate Action: Data-Driven Plans to Decarbonize Campus Energy Systems

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Integral Group (CA)

Answering the call to address the climate crisis is one of the central themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Colleges and universities have been working to deploy energy ...

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Re-Design Certificate: Regenerative Ecological Design

  • Ecosa Institute (AZ)

United Nations Environmental Program has claimed that our planet is amid its sixth major extinction of biological diversity. U.N. scientists estimate that 150-200 species become extinct every 24 hours ...

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Mindful Unbuilding: A Zero Waste Campus-Community Adventure

  • DePauw University (IN)

What does a university do with a vacant old house that cannot be restored? Ordinarily: bulldoze it and haul it away to a landfill. But what if you were to ...

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Leverage Key Facilities Metrics to Advance Sustainability - Survey Could be 'Gateway Drug' to STARS

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

Most participants know that STARS is a holistic value laden intensive survey that has produced fantastic results and encouraged sustainability success from campuses. Overall, by reviewing and implementing the AASHE ...

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Campus Central Plants - Assets or Liabilities in Achieving Carbon and Resiliency Goals

  • Pratt Institute (NY)

Pratt Institute along with many other Colleges have central plants that provide power and HVAC to campus buildings. How do these plants fit into the new carbon restrained world with ...

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Extending Sustainability Practices to Tenant Spaces: Green Leasing at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University (PSU) is home to approximately 60 commercial tenants. Tenants range from food service and retail, to offices, banks, ATMs, and advertising. To encourage sustainability practices and behaviors ...

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How Knowledge Can Create a Culture of Sustainability

  • Gonzaga University (WA)
  • Lucid (CA)

In the United States, buildings account for nearly 70 percent of electricity consumption. According to the EPA, up to 30 percent of electricity is inefficiently or unnecessarily used. In light ...

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Sustainability in Corl Street Elementary School

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Corl Street Elementary is undergoing a renovation to meet the gold standard LEED Certification. The certification is more likely to be awarded if the school building serves as a teaching ...

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Phase Change Materials

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The phase change material is an easy solution to temperature fluctuations from the weather outside. These materials are a new way to insulate a building. The materials go into the ...

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Making Positive Impacts With Zero Energy Buildings

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • Millersville University (PA)
  • Spillman Farmer Architects (PA)

Zero Energy buildings generate all the energy that they need onsite from renewable sources. Getting there requires significant energy efficiency, onsite renewable energy generation, ongoing occupant engagement, and performance-based energy ...

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Green Nerds in FM: Building Automation Strategies to Support Sustainability Goals

  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)

Efficient use of energy is an important part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 of affordable and clean energy. While many building systems efficiency improvements require a capital ...

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Optimizing Sustainability Over a Building's Lifecycle

  • AKF Group (NJ)

From the U.S. Department of Energy Website: 'The higher education sector spends over $6 billion on annual energy costs and totals about 5 billion square feet of floor space ...

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State of Sustainability in Higher Education: Charting a Course for Continued Success

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Sightlines (SC)

Facilities leaders have invested a great deal of effort and financial resources towards pursuing the ideals enumerated in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 ...

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Transforming Existing, Iconic, Landmark Buildings Into Modern, High-Performance Buildings

  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • AUROS Group (PA)

The challenge most universities face today is modernizing building performance (high indoor environmental quality and low energy consumption) cost effectively, while preserving the image of iconic structures dedicated to learning ...

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Green Globes Certification: A Practical Approach for Sustainable Campuses

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Green Building Initiative (OR)

Green Globes is an affordable and practical, yet comprehensive nationally recognized sustainability certification for commercial and multifamily buildings. The Green Globes platform was modified and developed through the public, collaborative ...

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Evolving Building Sustainability: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Framework Principles

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • University College Dublin, National University of Ireland

Buildings consume 40% of energy globally. As buildings are continuously enhanced to be more sustainable and healthy, a number of strategies have been employed to achieve energy reduction targets. This ...

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Green Revolving Reserve and LEED Platinum buildings at the U

  • University of Miami (FL)

Poster will explain: - The mechanisms of the U Green revolving Reserve that has been financing close to $1 million in energy efficiency retrofit. - Highlight of the sustainable features of a ...

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Performing at a Higher Level - Healthy Buildings for Your Campus

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • JLL (IL)

University campuses offer a unique opportunity to drive progress at the intersection of sustainability, education, public health, and the built environment. This session will explore how one institution is leveraging ...

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New Best Practices for Resilient Design: From Theory to Application

  • Arup (NY)
  • HGA (WI)

Taking resilient design beyond theory, speakers will illustrate how new tools and resources can inform design, including developing and piloting resilient design guidelines for university campuses. When clients, designers, engineers ...

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Computer Networks Doing Their Part to be Sustainable - New Industry Standards

  • The Sextant Group (PA)

College and University planners are challenged by the exploding demand for data services, as more and more devices are added to campuses. Administrators and students are asking whether this trend ...

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Becoming BREEAM: How UC Davis Achieved the First Institutional BREEAM In-Use Certification in the US

  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • Healthy Buildings (VA)

In November 2017, University of California at Davis became the first academic institution in the country to achieve BREEAM In-Use (BIU) Certification for a building on their campus. BREEAM stands ...

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US Department of Energy Funding to Simplify Sustainable Campus Design

  • Seventhwave (WI)
  • MIST (IL)

Campuses that use fewer natural resources and buoy health, learning and happiness are increasingly vital for educational institutions, as students and faculty voice demand for it. To deliver a sustainable ...

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Biophilic Design Principles and Green Infrastructure: Forging New Possibilities for Nature, Harmony and Resiliency in Urban Environments

  • Urban Horticulture Consulting, LLC (GA)
  • GreenStructure, Ltd (IL)

Green Infrastructure practices are being mandated and implemented in urban communities for multiple beneficial outcomes. Often referred to as grey infrastructure alternatives, these practices include the design, installation, and maintenance ...

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Earning AASHE STARS credits via the ENERGY STAR Buildings program

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Colleges and universities can use ENERGY STAR's free tools and resources to earn credits in all four categories of AASHE STARS v2.1 -- Academics; Engagement; Operations; and Planning & ...

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Hampshire College's R.W. Kern Center- A Living & Learning Building

  • Hampshire College (MA)

Located at the heart of Hampshire College campus, the R.W. Kern Center is a certified Living Building: generating its own energy, capturing and treating its own water, and processing ...

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The Trials and Tribulations of Building a Living-Learning Sustainable Campus

  • Chatham University (PA)

What does it truly mean to be a living-learning sustainable campus? Eden Hall, just outside Pittsburgh, is a new 388 campus site, encompassing farmland, forests and two head-water catchments. Acquired ...

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Rising to the Challenge of Creating and Maintaining Living Buildings and a Living Campus Community

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

Campuses have been early adopters of livability, equity, and climate commitments. This session takes a deep look at how campuses can and are taking action to achieve these commitments and ...

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Evolving Pennsylvania State University's Sustainability Policy Within a Regenerative Paradigm

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State University (PSU) is a public research university serving Pennsylvania and the global community with a vision to integrate sustainability throughout its campuses and to prepare students to be ...

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Creating an Ecologically Restorative, Socially Just, and Culturally Rich Campus

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

The higher education campus, what better place to implement the most innovative & forward-thinking design frameworks? As HEIs support the next generation's transition into the workforce, it's time ...

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Nailing Net Zero, From Design to Certification

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • Community College of Allegheny County (PA)
  • United States Department of Energy (DC)

More than 400 firms have signed onto the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) 2030 Commitment, targeting 70%+ EUI savings; however a 2016 AIA survey of participating firms revealed the portfolios ...

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Green Infrastructure Planning on Campus: Case Studies from University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (NY)

College campuses pride themselves in being leaders in promoting innovation in both technical and theoretical aspects of all fields of study, including sustainability. The drive for sustainability in higher education ...


University Buildings: The Push and Pull for Sustainability

  • RMIT University

Universities are a key stakeholder in our built environment with buildings in many major cities around Australia and the world. Due to their primarily urban locations, size and number of ...


EPA’s new ENERGY STAR College Course

  • Murray State University (KY)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

ENERGY STAR now offers an updated curriculum on commercial building efficiency. The three-unit, college-level curriculum is more focused and interactive, and can be integrated as a module into existing courses ...

  • Posted Oct. 11, 2018
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Sustainable Building Systems Concentration (Building Sciences BS)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Energy efficiency matters. As state and federal agencies prioritize energy efficiency, they need leaders who understand how buildings work and how to find ways to make them work better.

Appalachian ...

  • Posted Aug. 30, 2018
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1 MegaWatt Battery Energy Storage System

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

In 2017, California State University, Long Beach installed a 1 Megawatt energy storage system on campus as part of a multiphase project with Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) made possible through ...


South Seattle College SBST Students Engage with Energy Dashboard

  • South Seattle College (WA)

Students in South Seattle College’s Sustainable Building Science Technology BAS program use an energy dashboard to help track utilities at SSC’s Georgetown campus.


Colorado College Net-Zero Library

  • Colorado College (CO)

Main entrance of Colorado College's net-zero energy/net-zero carbon Tutt Library. Sustainable features highlighted in the photo include a rain screen, open design and natural lighting, green roofs and ...


Colorado College Net-Zero Energy/Carbon Tutt Library

  • Colorado College (CO)

Balcony view of Colorado College's net-zero energy/net-zero carbon Tutt Library. Highlighting rainscreen, shading structures, black locust domestic hardwoods, green roofs and planters, photovoltaic shade structures, and open views.


Temple Tiny House

  • 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 ...


University of Dayton Green Roof Installation

  • University of Dayton (OH)

Kennedy Union Green roof

In September 2017, HSI, in collaboration with facilities management and Enterprise Roofing, led the installation of UD's first green roof on the Kennedy Union patio ...


Delta College Living Wall

  • Delta College (MI)

The campus Health Professions Building North atrium at Delta College showcases a living wall, an architectural feature and natural ventilation system that acts as a bio filter to improve air ...


University of Dayton Student Neighborhood

  • University of Dayton (OH)

The University of Dayton owns more than 400 residences in its student neighborhood. Launched in fall 2017, the Energy GPA program provides students in University-owned neighborhood housing with a grade ...


Architectural Studies: Environment and Behavior Studies (MA/MS)

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Environment-behavior research explores a variety of environments, linking them to a range of behavioral concerns. This program is suitable for persons who seek careers in research, consulting, and/or teaching ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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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).

Buildings Partners

Veritiv

Sandy Springs, GA
Business Supporter

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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Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e

San Francisco, CA
Business Affiliate
Green-e® is the only certification for renewable energy and carbon offsets accepted by AASHE STARS, setting quality standards and ensuring purchasers receive full environmental benefits.

Delta M Incorporated

Milton, ON
Business Affiliate
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.

Essity Professional Hygiene North America LLC

Neenah, WI
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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.

FXCollaborative

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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MIST

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate
MIST is a small consultancy helping colleges and universities understand and improve 1) sustainability governance, 2) buildings and campus, 3) engaging students, faculty and staff.

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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