Energy

Introduction

For most institutions, energy consumption is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, which cause global climate change. Implementing conservation measures and switching to renewable sources of energy can help institutions save money and protect them from utility rate volatility. Renewable energy may be generated locally and allow campuses to support local economic development. Furthermore, institutions can help shape markets by creating demand for cleaner, renewable sources of energy.

2017 resources

Large Scale Solar ’Near the Fence’

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

George Washington University (GW) and American University (AU) are collaborating on a major Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) called the Capital Partners Solar Project, along with George Washington University Hospital. The ...

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Lessons and Outcomes from a Campus-Wide Plug Load Equipment Inventory

  • Stanford University (CA)

In order to better quantify electricity consumption and prioritize savings opportunities, Stanford has developed and launched a room-by-room physical inventory to collect data on approximately 30 types of electricity-consuming equipment ...

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Energy Hog in the House: Bringing Energy Efficiency to Life

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

The Energy Hog program is an entertaining and extremely effective outreach tool for college students to engage interested audiences from their community on topics related to energy. For many people ...

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A trans-disciplinary strategy to energy efficiency at a university

  • University of Johannesburg (Gauteng)

In recent years, the costs of electricity in South Africa have increased significantly (cumulative 230% increase between 2008 and 2014), thus many institutions of higher education are seeking ways to ...

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Navigating the Renewable Road at Appalachian State University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

With seventeen standalone systems built on campus over the past seven years, Appalachian State University has the most diverse portfolio of renewable energy systems in the University of North Carolina ...

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Modernizing your Microscopes: Light Source Retrofits

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Research laboratories are a universal fixture on higher education campuses, and as a result of outdated technology, present a prime opportunity for energy efficiency upgrades. Many of these labs rely ...

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Smart Labs: Because no one wants a dumb one

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The University of Minnesota’s 2011 Climate Action Plan identified laboratory energy consumption as a key driver of campus emissions and as a prime opportunity for reducing those emissions. At ...

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Energy Reduction in Campus Labs—Equipment Inventory and the UF Freezer Challenge

  • University of Florida (FL)

In 2014, the University of Florida implemented a pilot program of the Freezer Challenge. This friendly competition is geared towards university lab staff around the nation to encourage good laboratory ...

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Developing partnerships with students around energy use: the role of energy literacy

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Carbon reduction and climate change are key agendas in UK higher education (HE), as they are internationally. Existing research has highlighted the importance of developing partnerships for sustainable development in ...

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The Cornerstone of Sustainability: Implementing an Efficiency Master Plan

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • ERS (MA)

Across the nation, campuses striving for leadership on sustainability and climate change need to make energy efficiency the cornerstone of their efforts. The first step to achieving every aspect of ...

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Off-site Power Purchase Agreements for Renewable Electricity

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

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 ...

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Solar Potential: GIS Assessment using LiDAR Data

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has become one of the most widely used tools across various fields of study, with applications for natural disaster preparation, conservation, transportation, education and real estate ...

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Solar Procurement Templates & Tools for Higher Education

  • Edison Energy (CA)

Is your institution interested in solar, but unsure how to begin the solar procurement process? Or is your institution inundated with unsolicited solar proposals from vendors, but is unable to ...

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Know Watts Cooking - The Physics of Energy Efficient Cooking Course

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

In an effort to provide first year freshmen with an innovative, hands-on, conceptual science-based sustainable education experience, a new freshmen seminar class entitled “Know Watts Cooking – The Physics of Energy ...

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The University North Carolina’s System-Wide Energy Initiative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The 2014 Appalachian Energy Summit is the third annual gathering for the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. Through this ongoing, year-round initiative, campus leaders from across higher education ...

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Energy Efficiency at Carleton University.

  • Carleton University (ON)

The Carleton University Campus, in Ottawa, Canada, consists of 44 main buildings built between 1960 and 2013 that range in type of usage: Housing, Laboratories, an Athletic Centre, Commercial Businesses ...

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Understanding Your Campus Solar Energy Potential

  • EcoMotion (CA)

Solar energy is a rapidly developing and changing technology. Costs for solar installations have never been cheaper. Understanding how solar energy can work on your campus, learning how it impacts ...

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Students Heat Up Las Pintas: An immersive service experience in solar technology

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Water is a necessity for all of us, but to some, heating it is a luxury. Now in its second year, the Las Pintas Solar Experience takes Johnson County Community ...

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Solar Village Community Microgrid- Four Homes, Focused on Energy

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

The solar village at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has installed a functioning microgrid to study power and energy systems at the residential and community level. This system ...

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Sponsored Theater Presentation: Sterling Planet

  • Sterling Planet, Inc. (GA)

Even with recent impressive gains in energy efficiency on college campuses, there is still significant room for improvement. At issue is how to implement energy conservation and load management measures ...

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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 ...

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Integrating Sustainability Initiatives and Green Energy Infrastructure on Engineering College Campuses

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)

Emphasis on sustainability in higher education over the last decade prompted the formation of nonprofit organizations, like the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which administers ...

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A History of Resiliency and Adaptation: The Renewable Energy Initiative at Appalachian State University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The nature of how we interact with the world has been affected by global climate change—we must be resilient. Appalachian State University (ASU) is adapting through the student-led Renewable ...

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Designing an Energy-Saving Campaign

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Our myPower campaign envisions a future where all campus stakeholders take action to save energy. The initiative combines campus commitment, coordination with a larger energy effort, communications strategies based on ...

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Establishing a Campus Energy Use Policy for UC Berkeley

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

UC Berkeley is adopting a campus energy policy this spring after almost 2 years of process. The policy is part of the campus’ groundbreaking UC Berkeley Energy Management Initiative and ...

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Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) is motivated to reduce ASU’s carbon footprint. Using a budget of about $170,000 in student fees each year, we consider renewable ...

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Current On-Campus Attitudes toward Energy Usage, Efficiency, and Emerging Technologies

  • Manhattan College (NY)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
  • University of Southern California (CA)

The need to innovate comprehensive, long-term sustainability solutions is among the most imminent challenges facing the world today. Sustainably delivering the basic food, water, and energy supplies to people throughout ...

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ASU Carbon Neutrality: Go BIG or Watch Everyone Else Pass You By - Campus Energy Efficiency at Scale

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)

Universities and Colleges are leading the way toward a carbon neutral future for all of us. Arizona State University is an inspirational example of a campus on the frontlines of ...

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Student and Community Outreach on Rental Energy

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)

The $CORE (Student and Community Outreach on Rental Efficiency) Program was created by the Energy Program at the University of Colorado- Boulder Environmental Center and was adapted by the Student ...

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Planning for the Future: Climate and Energy Action at Stanford

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) is a first-of-its-kind energy facility and distribution system that will reduce the campus' carbon emissions by 50%, cutting water use by 18% and saving an ...

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UAF Firefighters Help Install Solar Panels

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

The students involved in the fire science program here at UAF are not here to simply be fire fighters. You do not need a college education to do that, they ...

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Benchmark-based Whole-Building Energy Performance Targets for UC Buildings

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

Most efforts to improve energy performance in campus buildings use efficiency standards as a reference point. Programs often specify energy efficiency at ten to thirty percent beyond ASHRAE 90.1 ...

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Plenary: Investing in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Catawba College (NC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

An increasing number of colleges are establishing green revolving funds to tap into new sources of capital and scale up their institution's commitment to investing in reducing carbon emissions ...

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On-site Power Purchase Agreements 101: What you really need to know

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Community Energy, Inc. (PA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

In an effort to address climate change universities across the nation have made formal commitments and set targets to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions. They are now grappling with how ...

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Show Me the Money! The Benefits of Investing in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Whether your college is striving to reach its carbon-reduction goals or is considering divesting from fossil fuel companies, green revolving funds (GRFs) offer a compelling investment opportunity. With a median ...

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Implementing Behavior Change and Energy Efficiency Programs

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Heartland Community College (IL)

Learn how the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) offered three distinct initiatives designed to promote behavior change and measurable energy reduction within the business and higher education sectors in Illinois ...

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Passive Strategies: The Common Sense Approach to Energy Reduction

  • Lipscomb University (TN)
  • Lake Flato Architects (TX)

The path to Carbon Neutrality or Net Zero starts with intelligent passive strategies that reduce loads and minimize a building’s reliance on carbon based energy before active strategies and ...

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Using Intelligent HVAC Controls to Reduce Energy Usage in Residence Halls

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • New York University (NY)

Technology can be used to reduce heating and cooling energy use by 25-32% in Residence Halls while keeping students climatically comfortable. The panelists will explain how they each captured these ...

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Renewable Energy Market Transformation Efforts by Illinois Community Colleges

  • Heartland Community College (IL)
  • Southwestern Illinois College (IL)

The Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) is building the capacity of Illinois community colleges to identify and fill gaps in the renewable energy market transformation efforts across Illinois. Attend this ...

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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 ...

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Building and Maintaining a System-Wide, 22-Campus Sustainable Energy Initiative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina System Office (NC)

Appalachian State University, in conjunction with the 17-institution University of North Carolina system, is hosting the Appalachian Energy Summit on July 17-19, 2013 in Boone, North Carolina. This July’s ...

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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 ...

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Comparative Analysis of Fuel Source Consumption and Economic Costs of Razorback Transit Among Alternative Fuel Sources

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Razorback Transit is the public transit system of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. This transit system serves the University of Arkansas community (population ca. 25,000) and residents of Fayetteville, AR ...

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Behavior Change for Energy Efficiency: A Literature Review

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The first Earth Day in 1970 spurred a heightened interest in environment-focused behavior change research among social scientists. Psychologists, in particular, enthusiastically rose to the challenge. Multiple review papers have ...

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Design and Construction of an Anaerobic Digestion Laboratory: An Addition to the Biofuels Education and Research Facility at Appalachian State University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Biofuels Education and Research Facility (BERF) at Appalachian State University (ASU) originally funded by an EPA P3 grant in 2007 for the planning and construction of a closed cycle ...

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Pumping Kilowatts: A Look at Energy Efficiency in Fitness Centers

  • Chapman University (CA)

Chapman University recently installed SportsArt’s Eco-Green cardio equipment in one of our residential fitness facilities. The SportsArt equipment captures kinetic energy and turns it into electrical energy that is ...

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Driving the Clean Energy Revolution: Student Entrepreneurial Leaders Wanted - Apply Here!

  • Chevrolet (OR)

As Chevrolet prepares to support a cleaner, energy efficient future for US campuses as part of its Carbon Reduction Initiative, it will also be challenging students to help engage their ...

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A Design-Build Block Semester: Student Engagement Through the Creation of a Solar Garage

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

This presentation tells the story of twenty-one students and one building, where pedagogy revolved around a single goal: the design and construction of a solar garage. The fifteen-credit semester was ...

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Energy from the Sun = Food + Electricity + Innovation

  • Metropolitan Community College (NE)

MCC embarked on a project to integrate its solar energy program with an existing symbiotic horticulture and culinary arts program. The project seeks to provide hands-on learning experiences for solar ...

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Opportunities for Wind and Solar Technology Education: Stabilize Energy Costs

  • MV Green Power LLC (TX)

The presenters will also describe methods of incorporating the latest information on renewable energy technologies, solar and wind, into college course curricula. We also discuss ways of integrating these renewable ...

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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.

Benchmarking Data

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Programs and Initiatives

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Energy Partners

Edison Energy

Irvine, CA
Business Leader

Pharos Systems International

Rochester, NY
Business Leader
A certified B Corp, Pharos helps universities reveal wasteful habits and hidden costs making campus printing less expensive, more mindful, and more sustainable.

8760 Engineering

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

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

Celtic Energy, Inc.

Glastonbury, CT
Business Affiliate

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.

CustomerFirst Renewables

Gaithersburg, MD
Business Affiliate
CFR is an innovative, renewable energy advisory firm focused on bringing large-scale solutions directly to clients. CFR solutions typically meet up to 100% of power needs, cost less than brown power, and mitigate price uncertainty.

Energy Solutions Professionals, LLC

Overland Park, KS
Business Affiliate

Energy Systems Group (ESG)

Newburgh, IN
Business Affiliate

First American Education Finance

Fairport, NY
Business Affiliate
First American Education Finance provides customized financing solutions to help schools solve their unique challenges - from complex projects such as energy-efficiency upgrades and campus improvements to equipment management.

Fit for Green Inc.

Mission Viejo, CA
Business Affiliate
Fit for Green actively engages people across all 3 pillars of sustainability during exercise. They are a provider of specialized commercial gym equipment.

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
Business Affiliate

SolGreen Solutions

Alexandria, VA
Business Affiliate

Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
Business Affiliate
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sunbolt

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
Sunbolt creates solar-powered charging workstations. Featuring an unmatched solar array, these outdoor workstations are fully equipped to charge smart phones, laptops and other electronic devices.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
Business Affiliate