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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Powerz - Garden Your Campus @ NTU Membership Required

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • Engie

The Energy Research Institute (ERI@N) and ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez), a leader in energy services and solutions, launched a large-scale pilot project, called POWERZ, on the NTU Campus.

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An Integrated Approach to Energy and Climate Planning Membership Required

  • Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (ON)

In 2010, Sheridan's Office for Sustainability recommended that the institution undertake strategic planning to examine the long-term economic and environmental risks surrounding energy use at Sheridan. Sheridan's executive ...

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Stanford reduces campus greenhouse gas emissions by 68% in 2015 Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) program is a new district heating, cooling, and electricity system designed to meet the current and future energy needs of Stanford University in a sustainable ...

  • Posted 1 year, 11 months ago
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Solar Hot Air Heaters Membership Required

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The project outfitted Property Surplus building at the NAU Flagstaff campus with six solar heating panels. These six panels provide over 40,000 BTUs/hr. (or 12 kWh) of renewable ...

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Vanderbilt University Power Plant Conversion Membership Required

  • Vanderbilt University (TN)

Vanderbilt University's on-campus co-generation, dual fuel power plant was recently converted from using coal and natural gas to exclusively natural gas. The plant produces 23% of the University's ...

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Clean Energy Campus Campaign Pilot Testing and Development Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Climate Neutral Business Network (OR)

For the past 4 years, Ball State University has worked with partner organizations to pilot the development and use of a Clean Energy Campus Campaign methodology whereby colleges and universities ...


Green Living Certification: Rewarding Residents for Environmentally Friendly Lifestyles Membership Required

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The Green Living Certification certifies and rewards residents living in on-campus residential buildings for making day-to-day choices that reduce their environmental footprint. Residents fill out an online survey that calculates ...

  • Posted 2 years, 6 months ago
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Collaborative thermal heating conservation project at the College of the Holy Cross Membership Required

  • College of the Holy Cross (MA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

The College of the Holy Cross's Student Government Association (SGA), Environmental Liaison program, and Physical Plant department developed a comprehensive program to reduce the common practice of opening windows ...

  • Posted 3 years, 1 month ago
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Massachusetts Green High Performing Computing Center Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts along with 5 research institutions in the Greater Boston area built a state of the art 377 square feet data center dedicated to research computing on ...

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Solar E-Charging Station Membership Required

  • Camosun College (BC)

With funding from President's Funds 2013 grants and the Camosun College Student Society, Camosun College has installed a 4 KW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) array to offset the charging of ...

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Neutral Gator Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

Neutral Gator provides UF with high-impact, local carbon offsets by performing energy efficiency upgrades of low-income families' homes and planting indigenous trees on conservation land in Gainesville, FL. Through this ...

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A Unique Hawaiian Learning Approach to Sustainable Living, Island-wide Membership Required

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

A three prong approach to providing students with campus and community-wide learning at the UH Kauai Community College encompasses and concurrently implements:

1) Curriculum review ongoing, applying the General Electric ...

  • Posted 3 years, 2 months ago
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The University of Texas at Austin's Building Energy Audit Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Building Energy Audit is a complete joining of both technical and behavioral energy conservation commitments designed to actively engage all aspects of the campus community to conserve energy and ...

  • Posted 3 years, 2 months ago
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Engineering Innovation Building (EIB) | University of Arizona - Where Big Ideas Come to Life Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

A collective team process to clearly state and re-identify "the users" as the main idea behind University of Arizona's Iconic Engineering Building. The users in lieu of Flexibility, Collaboration ...

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Advanced Climate Action: Stanford Energy and Climate Plan Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford has historically done much to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts and in late 2007, the university set out to develop a formal action plan incorporating existing best practices in ...


University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point LEED Gold Residence Hall Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point constructed the Suites @ 201 to further its efforts and dedication to sustainability. It is a model for green building standards and energy efficiency. It aligns ...


Harnessing Seawater: An Innovative Thermal Exchange HVAC System Membership Required

  • Southern Maine Community College (ME)
  • Harriman Architects and Engineers (ME)

The installation of a uniquely designed sea water heat exchange system in Casco Bay is an example of innovative technology recently implemented during the renovation of the Lighthouse Building at ...


Rutgers Solar Canopy Array Membership Required

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)

The project consists of installing an 8.01 MW solar Canopy array over 28 acres of parking lots on its Livingston Campus. This solar array provides 50% of the power ...


Saving Iowa's Remaining Natural Jewels - an ecological restoration and renewable energy partnership Membership Required

  • University of Iowa (IA)

The University of Iowa (UI) will convert 40 percent of its energy portfolio to renewable energy by or before 2020. Central to this effort is developing regional and sustainable biomass ...


Energy Matters- Comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Awareness at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) faced increasing student enrollment, space demands, utility costs, and energy needs. By 2008, UWM was 5% above its 2005 baseline, when it was proposed by ...


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

  • Valencia College (FL)

Valencia College constructed 66 buildings between 1971 and 2012. Six buildings, 25% of total the college's 2.1 million square feet, were built to LEED Gold standards with energy ...


Visioning and Operationalizing a System-Wide $1 Billion Energy Campaign at the University of North Carolina. Membership Required

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

The Appalachian Energy Summit (AES) is the annual gathering of the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. Through this initiative, campus leaders from across higher education in North Carolina ...


Solar power, horticulture and culinary arts integration project Membership Required

  • Metropolitan Community College (NE)

Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb., is committed to being a center of sustainable education. MCC's approach to sustainability is comprehensive: we work on campus, in classrooms and in ...


Jones County Junior College Energy Conservation Program Membership Required

  • Jones County Junior College (MS)

We have implemented a campus wide behavior based program along with the addition of electrical sub-metering and water/sewer irrigation advanced controls. We have also teamed with the U.S ...

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Alfred State's Net-Zero Energy Demonstration Home Membership Required

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Students in a variety of construction-related programs at Alfred State constructed a net-zero energy demonstration home as part of their coursework. The 2200 square foot home, which is located on ...

  • Posted 4 years, 10 months ago
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We Conserve: A Campus Wide Campaign Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The University of Wisconsin - Madison initiated the aggressive We Conserve program in 2006 to further strengthen its environmental stewardship practices and to promote education and motivation to the community on ...

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Skidmore College's Innovative District Geothermal System Membership Required

  • Skidmore College (NY)

Skidmore College has utilized geothermal heating and cooling, a renewable energy, for several years now, beginning with the installations in our Northwoods Village residential apartments, then the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall ...

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Baylor Energy Awareness Program: Engaging the Campus Community Membership Required

  • Baylor University (TX)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Baylor Facility Services, along with ARAMARK Higher Education and Baylor University, has embarked on a ground-breaking energy engagement program for the campus, leading Baylor's staff, students and community in ...

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Culture Clash: Art, Electrons, Teaching, Research, and Engagement Meet at the Solar Strand Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

The University at Buffalo's 750 kilowatt Solar Strand, brought to life by world-renowned artist Walter Hood, reflects a transformative vision that defines the future of sustainability. Its approach moves ...

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Sustainable IT: Deploying and Demonstrating Innovative Data Center Cooling Technology to Achieve End Use Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Benefits at Rochester Institute of Technology Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • OptiCool Technologies (NY)

In the spring of 2012 Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) worked with one of its Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) technology companies to deploy, test, and validate their advanced and innovative ...

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Getting to Net- Zero Energy: Lessons Learned from a Living Building Challenge Membership Required

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

In 2008, Washington University in St. Louis committed to the construction of a new building at its environmental field station, Tyson Research Center. This project, the Living Learning Center (LLC ...

  • Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
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Centennial Solar Panel System Membership Required

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

The Centennial Solar Panel System (CSPS), a 17 kW solar photovoltaic array at Northwestern University, is a partner project between Engineers for a Sustainable World and the Northwestern Sustainability Fund ...

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The College of William and Mary Carbon Offset Program Membership Required

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

William and Mary has developed an in-house carbon offset program that provides full transparency. Energy-reducing capital projects, such as HVAC upgrades, were identified and offset prices were determined by calculating ...

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Biomass at Colorado State University: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

In 2009, Colorado State University and the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) partnered to build a biomass heating plant on the University's Foothills Campus. This facility burns wood chips ...

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Behavior Matters—A Business Case for Behavior-Based Conservation Programs Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

The link between energy retrofits and cost savings is well established, but occupants are often unaware of "behind the scenes" improvements. How can universities educate building occupants to optimize efficiency ...

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Development of a Budget Neutral Comprehensive Green and Deferred Maintenance Program at the University of Central Missouri Membership Required

  • University of Central Missouri (MO)
  • Trane (TX)

In 2007, Dr. Betty Roberts, VP for Administration and Finance, began seeking opportunities to save money on rising energy bills while addressing much-needed building and infrastructure improvements. After extensive research ...

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Achieving GHG Reductions of 30% or More Through Facilities Asset Management At the Harvard School of Public Health Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

Harvard School of Public Health (HPSH) has an innovative approach to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and sustainability based on integrated facilities asset management. This program enables HSPH to holistically manage ...

  • Posted 6 years, 11 months ago
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Safely Achievable Reductions in Exhaust Fan Energy for Laboratory Buildings at UC Irvine Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Generally accepted engineering practices use 3500 fpm flow rates for laboratory exhaust stack design. Due to the variable nature of exhaust flow from laboratories, and the need for constant air ...

  • Posted 6 years, 11 months ago
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The University of Minnesota's Power Police Project: Philosophy, Psychology and Power Strips Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MN)

Power Police student volunteers help campus office workers save power - especially the "vampire" power that electronic devices draw even when they're turned off. Volunteers make simple changes to offices ...

  • Posted 6 years, 11 months ago
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Building a Green Data Center at Syracuse University Membership Required

  • Syracuse University (NY)

Syracuse University, in partnership with IBM and New York State, built a Green Data Center (GDC) last year which is designed to use about 50 percent less energy than a ...

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Phillips Brooks House Student Weatherization Project Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

On May 2nd, more than 50 Harvard students took a break from studying for finals and picked up caulk guns to help improve the energy efficiency of the Phillips Brooks ...

  • Posted 6 years, 11 months ago
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Friday Night Lights: Social Networking Meets Energy Savings Membership Required

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

Students gathered every Friday evening at 6:30pm at the Union. They armed themselves with clipboards and checklists, and divided into teams. Lights left on in classrooms and hallways in ...

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Cornell University Moves Beyond Coal Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

One of the biggest roadblocks on the climate neutrality pathway is coal. Approximately 50% of our nation's electricity comes from coal. In 2008, 13,000 tons of coal was ...

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Student Residents Save Energy at LSU Membership Required

  • Louisiana State University (LA)

Sponsored by the LSU College of Engineering, UNPLUG sought to promote an understanding throughout the LSU on-campus community of what energy conservation entails. The goal was to empower students to ...

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Advanced Photovoltaic Educational Laboratory at Milwaukee Area Technical College Membership Required

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI)

While originally focusing on reducing MATC's carbon footprint, the Photovoltaic Educational Laboratory has evolved into the Midwest's largest photovoltaic installation, generating 511 kWh DC and also serves as ...

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Integrating Teaching, Research and Operational Sustainability: Utilization of Bio-Energy at UNBC, Canada's Green University Membership Required

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

In Spring 2009, UNBC installed Canada's first university owned wood pellet heating system. The project showcases the use of bio-energy as a sustainable, carbon-neutral energy source. UNBC's wood ...

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Implementing Large Scale Solar in the Land of Cheap Coal Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Colorado State University is home to one of the largest solar plants on a U.S. university campus. The fact that Colorado State has been able to expand renewable energy ...

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Helping Small Businesses near Anderson University, SC Membership Required

  • Anderson University (SC)

Anderson University's SIFE team partnered with the local Sam's Club to help business members in efforts to help their facilities become environmentally friendly. We performed energy audits at ...

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WinterBlitz: Williams College students Weatherize Low-income Homes in the Local Community Membership Required

  • Williams College (MA)

For the past 2 years, Williams College students and community volunteers have weatherized a total of over 75 homes in 3 towns near Williams College during a one-day event in ...

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Installing Occupancy Sensors at Missouri State University Residence Life and Services Membership Required

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Residence Life and Services at Missouri State University received a grant from City Utilities of Springfield, MO to install occupancy sensors on all lights in community and public restrooms, common ...

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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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Energy Partners

Altenex

Boston, MA
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.

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
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
Business Affiliate