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Modeling Urban Form: Expressions of the Operational State of Design-For-Sustainability Membership Required

As a rule students do not have the opportunity to interact readily with those of other disciplines. And so they cannot bring to bear their respective disciplinary experience and knowledge ...

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Attack of the Dodo-Sapiens: innovative new models for sustainable development Membership Required

Our way of life is killing us. Whether by tradition or habit, the human race does some silly things that hurt us all in the long term. Our cities, buildings ...

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An Innovative Self-Funded Platform for Scalable Building Energy Upgrades & Community Engagement Membership Required

So you’ve signed the ACUPCC and perhaps you even have a sustainability fund – where do you go from here?? The George Washington University recently pondered this question and has ...

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Adaptive Reuse - Making Yesterday’s Buildings Work for Today’s Campus Membership Required

We will present a 20 minute video followed by questions and answers on the adaptive reuse of 6 historically significant dormitories and previous dining hall. These buildings are located in ...

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Financial and Physical Climate Change Resilience: Are Your Facilities Ready? Membership Required

The slow but steady pace of climate change is producing rapid and drastic weather changes worldwide. These changes are challenging the ability of facilities to perform their most basic function ...

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Energy Efficiency at Valencia College: A Case Study of Retrofits and Building Automation, Green Construction, and Behavioral Savings Membership Required

Valencia College, a community college in Orlando, FL, constructed 66 buildings on five campuses between 1971 and 2012 and operates these buildings for their full life cycles. A critical aspect ...

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Green Building LEEDers in Higher Education: A Review of the Current Use of the LEED Rating System in the Green Building Policies of U.S. Universities Membership Required

This study serves as an update to the report entitled "The Role of the LEED Green Building Rating System in Higher Education: Recent Trends and Status," published in Fall 2010 ...

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Interpreting Sustainability Initiatives: The "Greened" Aiken Center at the University of Vermont Membership Required

The George D. Aiken Center, at the University of Vermont, houses the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The Aiken Center reopened for the 2012 spring semester after undergoing ...

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University of Virginia Collaboration with Private Sector Generates Funding and Research Membership Required

Buildings account for 40 percent of the United States' energy consumption. The University of Virginia Engineering School's Rice Hall Information Technology Engineering Building is facilitating research that can help ...

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ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit Program for Higher Education Facilities Membership Required

This presentation will explain to the audience the value of conducting ASHRAE Level II energy audits for campus facilities in an effort to identify energy conservation measures and reduce future ...

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USGBC Students: An Untapped Resource Membership Required

USGBC Center of Green Schools Mission: Green Schools for everyone within this generation. Students and staff at UC San Diego have proven that engaging the emerging generation in this mission ...

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Deconstructing a Deconstruction: Is a Ton of Recycled Material Worth a Ton of Work? Membership Required

During the summer of 2011, Seeley House, a small faculty office building and portions of Kellogg House, the one time home of the Center for Environmental Studies, were deconstructed under ...

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New Construction as Inspiration for Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Loyola's Dumbach and Cuneo Hall Membership Required

This presentation will share Loyola's experience in constructing a new building (Cuneo) and retrofitting a 104 year-old building (Dumbach) to achieve over 50% energy efficiency reductions in each. Working ...

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Designing for the Future: Building a Passive House Residence Hall at Emory & Henry College Membership Required

Nestled in the coalfields of Southwestern Virginia, Emory & Henry College is a small liberal arts college with big plans for energy-efficient buildings. In January 2013, E&H will open its ...

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Magnetic Bearing Chillers: Reducing Costs, Electricity, Emissions, and Noises Membership Required

Radford University (RU) is working towards a goal of climate neutrality. When it came time to replace the chiller that was located in Preston Hall, Radford University, consistent with its ...

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Challenges to Greening Your Campus Facilities Discussion Membership Required

Are you a champion for greening facilities on your campus? More energy efficient buildings? Better access to alternate transportation? More green space around and in between your buildings? Greener purchasing ...

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The Four Truths - A Discussion on Industry Misalignments in Achieving High-Performance Membership Required

The presenter, through the lens of four very diverse case-study examples, will de-bug myths surrounding the design and operational of the high-performance, often high-intensive building industry. The four-truths: (1) Design ...

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Costs and Performance of LEED Platinum Buildings Membership Required

Most owners or facility managers would entertain the idea of achieving LEED platinum certification for their next project. There are two basic questions they have when asked to incorporate a ...

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Designing and Operating a Certified "Living Building:" Meeting Certification and Maintaining Net-Zero Energy Membership Required

The Tyson Living Learning Center at Washington University in St. Louis opened in May 2009 and on October 12, 2010 became one of the first two buildings in the world ...

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A Large Stride With a Small Footprint: Reaching beyond LEED Membership Required

Williams College is in the process of designing a new environmental center to house a classroom, meeting rooms, community gathering space, faculty and sustainability staff offices, and gardens in the ...

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WaterShed: the University of Maryland's Winning Solar Decathlon 2011 Entry Membership Required

WaterShed is the net-zero home inspired by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem that won the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011. The student-designed, student-built home features constructed wetlands ...

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Sustainability On a Rooftop: Dining, Operations and Academics Unite Membership Required

The Green Roof at the newest campus dining center was collaborative in design/construction and continues to be a living example of successful campus partnerships in sustainability. The green roof ...

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Demonstrating Affordable Net-Zero Energy on Campus Membership Required

Is it possible to achieve net-zero-energy performance and carbon neutrality in a retrofit of an historic residence with a tight budget? When this university's Office of Sustainability was presented ...

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LEED Education Credit; Bridging the Gap between Design and Performance Membership Required

In Fall 2011 Lewis & Clark began building a new residence hall that would continue its commitment to green living. The project's goal is to ultimately increase student awareness ...

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Building with Consciousness Membership Required

Seeking a form of shelter that can protect us from the elements of nature is a primal instinct we all share. The architecture of mankind not only provides us with ...

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An Exploratory Qualitative Study of Green Student Centers' Influence on the Campus Environment Membership Required

Green building and design is an emerging trend in institutions of higher education. It is important to consider the practices and expectations of the users of green buildings. The attitudes ...

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Bolster Your Ongoing Efforts with ENERGY STAR Membership Required

Radford University (RU) is working towards a goal of climate neutrality. To conserve resources, reduce costs and GHG emissions, and educate campus stakeholders, Radford University participates in US EPA's ...

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Learning Within the Student Recreation Center: A USGBC Research to Practice Project Membership Required

A small group of undergraduate students came together to participate in the US Green Building Council's Research to Practice pilot program. They chose to engage in a study of ...

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High Efficiency Run-Around Energy Recovery in Large Buildings Membership Required

Air-conditioning systems are among the greatest energy consumers in large buildings such as schools, laboratories and hospitals. European high performance 'run around energy recovery systems' (RAERS), guaranteeing strict separation of ...

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USGBC's Roadmap to a Green Campus: Lessons Learned on the Path to Campus Sustainability Membership Required

Colleges and universities are making great strides on the journey to a sustainable future. In response to the growing momentum, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green ...

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Opportunities for Achieving Significant Energy Reduction in Existing University Buildings: developing efficient HVAC operations Membership Required

This paper presents the results of 4 years of a course-based energy audit for a variety of mid to large size office, classroom and laboratory buildings with forced air HVAC ...

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When Do Variable Flow Fume Hoods Save Energy? implications for lab design and behavior modification Membership Required

Many university sustainability websites indicate the importance of using variable flow fume hoods and devising programs to ensure they are closed when not in use in order to reduce energy ...

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Bridging the Information Gap in Campus Energy Management: Submetering Buildings for Energy Use Reduction Membership Required

Colleges and universities often prefer the simplicity of measuring the energy use of many buildings, or even an entire campus, with a single meter installed at minimal expense. However, as ...

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Continuous and Retro Commissioning in High Performance Buildings Membership Required

In the summer of 2010, our university contracted with a third party to perform a continuous commissioning and retro-commissioning pilot project for two LEED Silver Certified buildings. These buildings were ...

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Towards Green Campuses In Egypt: Using Simulation Tools for Optimization of Drawing Halls in Egypt Membership Required

The paper describes the use of simulation tools for optimizing the energy demands of drawing halls in Mansoura University, as a part of the strategy "Towards green campuses in Egypt"".

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Collaborative Sustainable Building Practice: Innovative Curriculum Design Membership Required

There is no doubt that the unprecedented challenge of sustainable development calls for cross-disciplinary collaboration. For the building sector, recognizing the fact that technological solutions for low-energy high-performance buildings have ...

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Sustainability in Campus Operations at Three Higher Education Institutions in Tompkins County, New York. Membership Required

This paper demonstrates how the three higher education institutions in Tompkins County, New York are making good progress in the planning and implementation of actions to make campus operations more ...

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A Five Year Retrospective of Teaching Sustainable Building Design and Construction Membership Required

This presentation will focus on the curriculum development and implementation of an undergraduate and graduate level course titled Sustainable Building Design and Construction. The focus of this course is on ...

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An Education in Sustainable Living: Building a Green College Residential Community at SUNY Oswego Membership Required

In 2010 the State University of New York College at Oswego completed construction of The Village, a 350 bed upper class townhouse complex. The unique mission statement of the community ...

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The Ten-Year Vision: A Global Network of Centers for Regenerative Studies Membership Required

As noted in the writings of David Orr, our built environments teach. A proposed global network of Centers of Regenerative Studies would do just that - in real time and vicariously ...

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The LEED Payback Membership Required

Designing new laboratory space to meet the demands of the 21st century can be a daunting planning and programming challenge due to unique and somewhat rigid technical standards. When the ...

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The LEED Payback: How Research Laboratories at Yale, Smith and Dartmouth Achieved Substantial Cost Savings Membership Required

Designing new laboratory space to meet the demands of the 21st century can be a daunting planning and programming challenge due to their particular and somewhat rigid technical standards. When ...

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Multi-phased Evaluation of Occupant Perception of Sustainable Buildings as Measured by LEED® Membership Required

There is a need for the proliferation of sustainable buildings and for enhanced strategies to attract customers to such an initiative. This study presents the results of a multi-phased study ...

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Sustainable Campus Development from the Ground Up Membership Required

Constructing an entirely new campus from the ground up can be a daunting task, being the first academic institution to do so sustainably presents an even greater challenge. As our ...

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Sustainable Design and Technology for Health and Fitness Centers Membership Required

The Health and Wellness profession has experienced profound changes in how facilities remain energy efficient and sustainable. This presentation will review the basic procedures for creating environmentally enriching facilities that ...

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Making Homes Smarter Membership Required

Smart homes are energy efficient and have technology that is intuitive and easy to use. Smart Home should be sustainable and environmentally friendly. Smart homes should promote well being and ...

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Smart Growth Strategy realizes Green Honors and becomes an Immersive Sustainability Master Plan Membership Required

In the higher education arena, our institute has one of the most advanced and forward-thinking sets of building standards for environmental stewardship, sustainable design, and energy management. The 1997 Campus ...

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Building Automation Systems - A New Program for Sustainability and Technical Education Membership Required

A two-year vocational college located just outside of Atlanta, GA is developing innovative academic programs to serve energy efficiency technology industries. In particular, the Building Automation Systems (BAS) program has ...

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Institutionalizing Green Building: Lessons Learned from 80+ LEED Buildings Membership Required

In September 2009, Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council, said, "With the LEED certification of its 20th building, the most of any higher education ...

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Internal Energy Auditing to Meet Portfolio-Wide GHG Reduction Goals at Harvard University Membership Required

Universities worldwide are committing to greenhouse gas reduction goals and implementing climate action plans. Optimizing building efficiency is often identified as a central strategy to achieving these ambitious goals. To ...

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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

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SEQUIL Systems Inc

Delray Beach, FL
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