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.

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Educating the Building Technician Workforce for Sustainability

  • Peralta Community Colleges District Office (CA)

The lack of qualified HVAC technicians and building operators trained in energy efficient installation and maintenance practices currently presents one of the greatest barriers to meeting campus, local, State, and ...

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Solar Heating and Cooling with Sale-of-Energy Financing

  • Solid Solar (AZ)

Solar Hot water plants offer excellent economics. Sale-of-energy projects offer the opportunity for free installation, paid for over time with energy purchased at a price typically 10% less than current ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Stanford: Leading Campus Sustainability in the 21st Century

  • Stanford University (CA)

With sustainability as a core value for Stanford, the progressive projects in operations, buildings, transportation, and IT are indeed defining leadership in campus sustainability in the 21st century.The university ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Triple Bottom Line on Campus - Walking the Talk, Saving Money and Saving the Planet

  • Sterling Planet, Inc. (GA)

Through our experience with several colleges and universities, this presentation will discuss how college and universities have implement measures to lower there green house gas emissions, save money and create ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Laboratories: Occupants Make a Difference

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

At UCSB the Laboratory Research And Technical Staff (LabRATS) program evaluates laboratory practices to save energy, plastic, water, electronics and chemicals, while making the research itself more efficient. Our efforts ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The University of Hawaii at Manoa Energy Summit: Engaging the Campus in Energy Savings and Greenhouse Gas Reduction

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

In 2006, the Chancellor convened an Energy Summit that engaged faculty, students, and facilities staff in the design of the Manoa Energy Plan. UHM committed to reducing energy use by ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Potential Impact and Uses of Thermoacoustic Refrigeration

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Ever since refrigeration has been introduced into modern societies, its use has significantly increased. In fact it is impossible imagine life without refrigeration and air conditioning. Mostly, cooling is achieved ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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WFU Biofuels

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

WFU BioFuels will fuel the crucial movement toward sustainable energy development. The facility will incubate the research and innovation that fuel our country's sustainable energy industries, helping alleviate problems ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UBC Okanagan Campus Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality: Geothermal District Energy System

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The purpose of this brief is to share information about UBC Okanagan's campus roadmap to carbon neutrality, featuring the Geothermal District Energy System and related green building strategies.

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Moving Campuses Beyond Coal

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Sierra Club (DC)

Across the country, 63 institutes of higher education currently burn coal in an on-campus facility to generate steam, electric power, or both. Many of these schools have signed the American ...

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Rice U 2012 Syllabus - Engineering Solutions for Sustainable Communities

  • Rice University (TX)

The Rice University course Engineering Solutions for Sustainable Communities is cross-listed between Chemical Engineering and Environmental Studies. The class explores the principles of sustainability, the science of global warming, and ...

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Institutes of Energy and the Environment

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The mission of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment is to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges.

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Golisano Institute for Sustainability

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Golisano Institute for Sustainability is a multidisciplinary academic unit at RIT whose mission is to undertake world-class education and research programs in sustainability with major foci on sustainable production, sustainable ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment (CABREE) is an independent research centre located within the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. Given ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Energy & Environmental Education

  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)

UNI’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) helps children, youth, and adults make sense of complex environmental and energy-related issues while finding ways for the community to participate ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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National Center of Excellence (NCE) on SMART Innovations

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The National Center of Excellence (NCE) on SMART Innovations provides climate and energy system solutions based on sound science and engineering to governments and industries around the globe. Its research ...

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Energy & Sustainability Center

  • Florida State University (FL)

The Energy and Sustainability Center (formerly Sustainable Energy Science and Engineering Center) addresses challenging alternative energy issues through innovative solutions for consumers and industry. The need for energy systems that ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) is an applied research and development laboratory that provides R&D and related services for industry and government clients with a focus in ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) channels the expertise and creativity of the Berkeley Law community into pragmatic policy solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges. Its ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Energy and Environmental Security

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

An interdisciplinary research and policy center at CU-Boulder Law School, Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CEES) works to develop practical strategies and solutions for moving international society toward a ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Serving the people of the American West, the nation, and the world through creative, interdisciplinary research, bold, inclusive teaching, and innovative problem solving in order to further true sustainability for ...

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Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center

  • University of Houston (TX)

The Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center links energy issues with impacts on environment and natural resources. Building on the academic excellence of ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Environmental Law Center

  • Vermont Law School (VT)

Founded in 1978, the ELC serves as the hub for a wide-range of activities, including classes, faculty, research centers and institutes, conferences, lectures, and other special programs. At the ELC ...

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CEER: Center for Environmental and Energy Research

  • Alfred University (NY)

The Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER) at Alfred University is a multidisciplinary research and education program. CEER utilizes Alfred's expertise in ceramic engineering, materials science/engineering, and ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site is a unique program to give first-hand experience with wind power technology. This facility is open to the public to see and hear ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Collaborative Biodiesel Project

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Collaborative Biodiesel Project is a student-led initiative at Appalachian State University and is partially funded by the EPA P3 Award: Student Design Competition for Sustainability. The purpose of the ...

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Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The center carries out frontier multidisciplinary scientific research designed to use biological and biologically-based artificial systems to address societal energy needs in a sustainable manner, with an emphasis on solar ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Alabama Center of Excellence in Clean Energy Technology

  • Calhoun Community College (AL)

Students in the Renewable Energy program will learn and train in the brand new, state of the art Alabama Center for Excellence in Clean Energy Technology (ACECET) facility on the ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Resnick Sustainability Institute

  • California Institute of Technology (CA)

The mission of the Resnick Sustainability Institute is to foster transformational advances in energy science and technology through research, education and communication. The Resnick Sustainability Institute is Caltech’s studio ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion (LMI-EFRC)

  • California Institute of Technology (CA)

The "Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion" Energy Frontier Research Center (LMI-EFRC) is a national resource for fundamental optical principles and phenomena relevant to solar energy conversion, and for design of ...

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Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Clarkson University has been engaged in energy research and education for over 35 years and the faculty's wide range of interests and activities span disciplines from Engineering to Business ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP)

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The mission of the CRSP, a research center of the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory, is to conduct basic and applied research that will result in scientific and technological revolutions in ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Bio-Energy Research Centre

  • Confederation College (ON)

The new Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre will allow students to continue groundbreaking research in the clean energy field.

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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The Institute for Sustainable Energy

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University promotes energy efficiency and sustainability in Connecticut through education, research, and technical support.

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Renewable Energy Center

  • Eastern Illinois University (IL)

The new Renewable Energy Center exemplifies an eco-friendly track record, providing a coal-free alternative to meeting EIU's energy needs and simultaneously reducing current electricity usage and carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Ocean Energy Technology

  • Florida Atlantic University (FL)

The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Florida Atlantic University seeks to advance the science and technology of recovering energy from the oceans’ renewable resources, with special emphasis on ...

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Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF)

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

FSU Renewable Energy Center is committed to promote the use of renewable energy resources available in Western Maryland and the surrounding region by developing educational activities, research projects, industrial partnership ...

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Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

The foresight, leadership, and support of these organizations have made it possible to pursue a vision with global implications for the development of alternative and renewable energy sources. The 25 ...

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Schatz Energy Research Center

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

The Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) on California’s North Coast is working to establish clean energy technologies in our society. It specializes in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and hydrogen ...

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Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)

The Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy (LCRE) was established in 2007 to address the societal needs for clean, affordable, renewable energy sources while improving the nation's energy ...

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Center for Building Energy Research

  • Iowa State University (IA)

The Center for Building Energy Research focuses on building energy efficiency and building integrated renewable energy production. The Center promotes design and develops and tests technologies to reduce energy consumption ...

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Iowa Energy Center

  • Iowa State University (IA)

The Iowa Energy Center was created by the Iowa General Assembly and signed into law in 1990, and is administered through Iowa State University. The Energy Center’s goal is ...

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Center for Sustainable Energy

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Kansas State University Center for Sustainable Energy, through research and educational efforts, seeks to provide sustainable, renewable energy while maintaining the environment and providing an adequate food supply.

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Energy Research Center at Lehigh University

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The mission of the Energy Research Center is to find solutions to national and global energy and energy-related problems by collaborating with federal, state and local agencies, energy businesses, technology ...

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Solid-State Solar-thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC CENTER)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

The S3TEC Center aims at advancing fundamental science and developing materials to harness heat from the sun and convert this heat into electricity via solid-state thermoelectric and thermophotovoltaic technologies. Solar ...

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Center for Excitonics

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

The mission of the Center for Excitonics is to develop the science and technology of excitons, to reveal the fundamental characteristics of these crucial quasi-particles, and enable new solar cells ...

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The Eni-MIT Alliance

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

The eni-MIT Alliance is a strategic partnership dating back to 2008 when eni became a Founding Member of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). As a member of MITEI – and its ...

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MIT Energy Initiative

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

The MIT Energy Initiative is MIT’s hub for energy research, education, and outreach. Through these three pillars, the Initiative develops the technologies and solutions that will deliver clean, affordable ...

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North American Wind Research and Training Center

  • Mesalands Community College (NM)

Wind Energy is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College is training well-qualified technicians to help meet the ...

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PERC: The Power and Energy Research Center

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Increased focus on alternative and renewable energy, development of new energy technologies, restructuring and deregulation of the utility industry -- all are creating a wealth of technical and educational challenges for ...

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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

The following data has been compiled in spreadsheet format to facilitate benchmarking. It will be updated annually to coincide with the publication of AASHE’s Sustainable Campus Index.

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

Scores

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Energy Partners

Altenex, LLC

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.

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Supporter

8760 Engineering

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

American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

Carrier Class Green Infrastructure

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
The ConnecTable is a line of the most powerful solar charging stations on the market. Reimaginge your campuses space, reinforce your sustainability goals and reconnect students and faculty with the ConnecTable.

Celtic Energy, Inc.

Glastonbury, CT
Business Affiliate

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.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
Business Affiliate