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

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Integrated Eco Strategy

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

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

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

  • Emory & Henry College (VA)

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 (VA)

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

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

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

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Lynn University (FL)
  • The New School (NY)
  • Yale University (CT)

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

  • California Institute of Technology (CA)
  • Davis Langdon, An AECOM Company (CA)

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

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

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 (MA)
  • Integrated Eco Strategy

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

  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

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

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

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

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

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

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

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

  • Maryville College (TN)

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

  • Old Dominion University (VA)

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 (VA)

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

  • Sonoma State University (CA)

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

  • Konvekta USA Inc. (NJ)

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

  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (MA)

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

  • Boston University (MA)

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

  • Boston University (MA)

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

  • American University (DC)
  • Cadmus Group, Inc. (FL)

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

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

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

  • Mansoura University

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

  • Cornell University (NY)

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

  • New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus (NY)

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

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

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

  • State University of New York at Oswego (NY)

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

  • Ball State University (IN)

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

  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (PA)

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

  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (PA)

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

  • Bryant University (RI)

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

  • Chatham University (PA)

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

  • Community College of Allegheny County (PA)

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

  • Duke University (NC)

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

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

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

  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GA)

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

  • Harvard University (MA)

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

  • Harvard University (MA)

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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Effects of Residence Hall Submetering on Student's Reported Energy and Water Use at Lynchburg College Membership Required

  • Lynchburg College (VA)

Submetering of buildings is commonly cited as a useful tool in not only identifying water leaks or equipment problems, but also in encouraging energy and water conservation among building occupants ...

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Building Energy Analysis: Supply and Demand, Trending and Exception Reporting Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

In a university setting, the Energy Management Unit is responsible for all utility metering data for the 13 million square foot campus. This data includes the natural gas (NG), fuel ...

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Path to the Net Zero Building: What You Can Learn from One College's Success Story Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)

In the fall of 2011, Portland Community College (PCC) will begin classes in one of the first Net-Zero academic buildings in the state of Oregon. The 5-classroom, 13,000- square-foot ...

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Environmental Challeges and Sustainable Solutions of Natural and Built Environments Membership Required

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Success of integrating sustainable practices into curricula requires communication, collaboration, and coordination of education, research, university staff, and community partnerships. Princeton University Environmental Studies Program is implementing a "Real World ...

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Zero Net Energy Buildings are NEXT - A Proposal for Getting There Membership Required

  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)

Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEB) are the NEXT frontier for the the sustainable building industry. While LEED Gold and even Platinum buildings are becoming more common, there remain few Zero ...

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Implementing a Sustainable Campus Master Plan Membership Required

  • SmithGroupJJR (MI)

A major state university's 2010 Campus Master Plan establishes an innovative approach to environmental stewardship that minimize the effects on natural resources by mandating sustainable design strategies for all ...

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Solar Tax Shelters: Roofs for Not For Profits Membership Required

  • Stone House Group (PA)

In Summer 2011, a Central Pennsylvania College will begin construction on a roof replacement for their Sports and Recreation Center. Having reached the end of its life, the existing EPDM ...

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Expanding the STARS 1.1 Technical Manual - Re-evaluating "Design" in Category 2: Operations (OP) Membership Required

  • Technical University of Delft

Category 2 of the STARS 1.1 Technical Manual provides a total of 100 points towards a Universities Operations (OP) and a total of 13 credits towards buildings. In general ...

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Student Center Features New High Efficiency Central Geothermal Technology Membership Required

  • Trane (TX)

In July 2010 the school broke ground on a three-story, 70,000-square-foot student center scheduled for November 2011 completion. The new building is slated to achieve Leadership in Energy and ...

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Case Study: Achieving LEED Gold with a Fully Integral Building Envelope Membership Required

  • Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND INNOVATION

Sustainable design is an inherent aspect of design excellence. Projects should express sustainable design concepts and intentions, and take advantage of innovative programming opportunities.

ENERGY FLOWS ...

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The Role of the LEED Rating System in Higher Education: Recent Trends and Status Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This study is an update to the report, "To LEED or Not To LEED," published in August 2009, and examines the degree to which various top universities in the United ...

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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.

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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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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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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.