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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Ganging Up to Go Big: Campus Collaborations to Achieve Scale with Renewables Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Altenex (MA)

Electricity is the single largest source of emissions for most campuses, and renewable energy is the only way to eliminate those emissions. But renewable energy is still unfamiliar territory for ...

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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 2 Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 1 Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

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Assessing the Campus Sector's Renewable Energy Performance Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Altenex (MA)

While colleges and universities across the U.S. have invested significant effort and resources towards using renewables for their operations, much is unknown about the campus sector's overall performance ...

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University of California's Presidential Initiative for Carbon Neutrality: A Multi-Institutional, Multi-Dimensional Perspective Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The 2014 UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative builds on pioneering work on climate research to make all ten campuses carbon neutral in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025. All UC ...

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Embolden Facilities and Finance Office Collaborations for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Two major national association organizations - representing facilities and business offices - will highlight collaborations, programs, and developments regarding sustainability that cross boundaries for success. Collaboration with these units, within a campus ...

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Financing Sustainability and How to REALLY Talk to the Business Office Membership Required

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Two experienced vice presidents of finance will briefly discuss some of their accomplishments in sustainability and their partners at the campus that have helped or hindered. They have changed laws ...

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Open Sesame: Low-Cost Sub-Meter Data Visualization Membership Required

  • Macalester College (MN)

Learn how Macalester, as the next step of the College's sub-metering initiative, has leveraged no-cost and open-source solutions through HTML and XML, Google Apps, and Tableau to display utilities ...

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Engaging Laboratories in Sustainability Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • My Green Lab (CA)

Laboratories contribute significantly to a university's environmental footprint. At research institutions they can account for more than half of the campus energy consumption, consume hundreds of thousands of gallons ...

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Building Sustainable Communities: an International Collaboration Between Island Communities and Academia Membership Required

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)

Through community engagement and a plan for economic rejuvenation Samsø¸ Island, Denmark became one of the first carbon negative communities in the world. In 2014, an international partnership between Samsø ...

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Student Activism for Community Energy Efficiency: Harnessing ENERGY STAR Activities and Resources for the Public Good Membership Required

  • American University (DC)

As part of an annual elective course in Sustainable Design, American University (AU) graduate students in the Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service undertake a real-world ...

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Paving the Way for Increased Solar Utilization in Higher Education Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • Center for Resource Solutions (CA)
  • Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (VA)

Colleges and universities are increasingly interested in deploying solar technologies to power and green up their campuses. However, financing, legal, administrative, and policy barriers can often get in the way ...

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Integrating Solar PV in Building Overhauls Membership Required

  • Chesapeake College (MD)
  • United States Department of Energy

The Health Professions and Athletics Center at Chesapeake College received a complete overhaul before its re-opening in August, 2015. Aiming for LEED Platinum certification, a 1.7 MW solar project ...

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Energize Colleges: Energy Education and Internships for the Campus and Community Membership Required

  • Skyline College (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Energize Colleges is an innovative program bringing energy education and project-based internships to 12 California community colleges and universities. Launched earlier this year, the program employs clean energy as the ...

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A Zero Net Energy Teaching Laboratory Membership Required

  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)
  • BR+A (MA)

The ACUPCC and the 2030 Challenge set the trajectory for a carbon-neutral future in the building industry. This goal may seem out of reach for laboratory buildings with high plug-loads ...

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Collaborative Research to Improve Dorm Heating Performance: Improved comfort and energy efficiency Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

A common problem observed in small dorms in winter is open windows due to overheated rooms. We present results from a study by students, facilities staff, and faculty of the ...

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Using the Social Cost of Carbon as an Ingredient to Minimize Life Cycle Cost and Carbon Membership Required

  • Miami University (OH)

Optimizing a campus's utility master plan to minimize its twenty-five year life cycle cost is one thing, but add the social cost of carbon to the mix and the ...

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Energy Feedback Sculpture: Using Public Art to Motivate Sustainable Behavior Membership Required

  • Iconic Energy Consulting

Public art, particularly interactive art, is uniquely positioned to communicate and engage. How might universities, institutions, and cities take advantage of public art to motivate sustainable behaviors among their constituencies ...

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WattTime: Energy Management to Reduce Emissions and Support Clean Energy Future Membership Required

  • WattTime (CA)

Every time any device in a building on any campus turns on, a single power plant must produces slightly more electricity to power it. But what kind of power plant ...

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Sustainable Energy: Research and Innovation to Commercialization at the University of Missouri Membership Required

  • University of Missouri (MO)

In addition to leading research and innovation in alternative energy, University of Missouri has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable energy by taking discoveries to applications in the real world. In ...

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The Green Rehab Experiment: Charting a Path to NZE for Market Rate Off-Campus University-Owned Housing Renovations Membership Required

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

The Green Rehab Experiment is a multi-disciplinary applied research project that aims to chart a path towards net-zero energy performance for the renovation of 100-year old, off-campus, multi-family apartment buildings ...

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Sustainable Buildings: Utilizing BOMA BEST (Green Globes EB in Canada) to Enhance the Sustainable Operations of Your Campus Membership Required

  • University of Alberta (AB)

As part of The University of Alberta´s institutional Sustainability Plan we build all our new buildings to LEED or Green Globes standards. But as we operate and manage ± 200 ...

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Zero Net Energy Campus Master Planning Membership Required

  • BR+A (MA)

Colleges and Universities are targeting carbon neutrality in the coming decades; some are on track to achieve these goals ahead of schedule. We have gathered data on over 100 campuses ...

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Assessing the Carbon Footprint of Higher Education: Factors Influencing the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Membership Required

  • North Carolina A&T State University (NC)

Thanks to the leadership of AASHE and Second Nature almost 20% of all higher education institutions have committed to making significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, and many have made substantial ...

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Small Scale Biogas for Energy Sustainability and Education Membership Required

  • Dickinson College (PA)

This presentation will describe the science and practical logistics of running a small scale biogas system on campus. Biogas (also known as biomethane) is a climate-friendly, renewable alternative to natural ...

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Capitalizing on Local Renewable Resources for Campus Energy Needs: The Williams Lake Campus Bio-Mass System Membership Required

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

Campuses across North America are increasingly looking to renewable energy sources to help reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and provide reliable and consistent energy costs. Each university has different ...

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Sustainable and Comprehensive Utilities and Energy Management Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Texas A&M University embarked on a comprehensive program, in 2002, to better understand and improve operational efficiency and effectiveness of campus facilities. The result has been a decrease in campus ...

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Greening Laboratories: US Freezer Challenge Membership Required

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (GA)

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted its first Freezer Challenge, a two-month agency-wide competition addressing cold storage practices in laboratories. CDC reduced energy use by 320 ...

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Powering a New South: Sustainabilty through Student Engagement in the University Press and Beyond Membership Required

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Through an examination of the processes, experiences, and outcomes of a yearlong, multi-disciplinary, experiential university press project, instructors and press advisors will examine energy through the lens of our local ...

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A Unique Partnership With Our Utility Company Membership Required

  • University of San Diego (CA)

In 2009, the University of San Diego (USD) applied to become part of the Local Governments Partnerships in San Diego through San Diego Gas and Electric. The request was approved ...

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Helping Students Lead on Solar: Collaborations to Advance Renewable Energy on Campus Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Despite having some of the lowest-priced electricity in the nation, our students forged ahead to identify opportunities for solar energy and the ways it will fit into the energy future ...

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A Low-Cost Remote Monitoring System Using Arduino and ModBus TCP Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Performance validation of renewable energy generating systems is crucial to maintain up-time, inform decision making, provide data for academic integration, and to validate green credits. If these systems are not ...

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Developing Campus Resiliency Through a Climate Action Plan Membership Required

  • Dickinson College (PA)

In 2008, Dickinson College developed a Climate Action Plan to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions and set a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2020. The Stone House Group was brought ...

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Energy Maddness - A Residence Hall Energy Competition Membership Required

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

On a diverse campus flush with deep thinkers, how can the message of sustainability be successfully broadcasted? Our University chose to use competition as an engagement tool. This presentation will ...

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Local Farmers, Season Extension, and Technology transfer: Experiences from the "Nexus" Greenhouse project at Appalachian State Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Nexus project looks to reinvent the heated greenhouse by using on-farm biomass resources and solar energy to create season extension inside a conventional hoop house with minimal fossil energy ...

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Furman University's Energy Efficiency Eco-philanthropy Project Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

During the 2015 - 2016 academic year, The Environmental Community of Students, a first year engaged living program at Furman University, received an $80,000 donation from a local donor to ...

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Prioritizing Infrastructure Upgrades: Highlighting Shippensburg University's Success Membership Required

  • Sightlines (CT)
  • Shippensburg University (PA)

Nationwide trends indicate that capital funding at public institutions has stagnated for the past 7 years, at rates significantly below private institutions' funding levels. In response to shortfalls, public institutions ...

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Energy Education that Makes K-12 'Energy Wise' Membership Required

  • North Carolina A&T State University (NC)

Educating our youngest generation about energy efficiency is more important than ever. This session will introduce a successful approach to a university energy education outreach program targeting the local K-12 ...

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Beyond the Campus: Community Engagement in Sustainability and Resilience Membership Required

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In this session we will show how we engaged community partners in climate change resilience efforts and promoted energy and water conservation in the community. In 2015-16 the Institute for ...

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Campus-Scale Water Reuse Solutions to Enhance Water Sustainability in Higher Ed Membership Required

  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

Water reclamation and reuse is vital for bulk-water consumers, like college campuses, to meet water supply challenges. Campus-scale reclaimed water projects, like the WaterHub® at Emory University, are becoming increasingly ...

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UMN Energy Club: Preparing Leaders in Energy and Climate through Connecting and Empowering Students Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Because energy underpins every aspect of society, it requires a diverse range of perspectives to truly understand its comprehensive role in the world. Energy influences many fields, including technology, policy ...

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Colloquium on Research Innovation in Food, Energy, Water Systems Nexus (INFEWS) AASHE 4TH Annual Workshop Research in Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

This colloquium focuses on the direct interdependencies and connections that exist related to the production, extraction, generation and use, between food, energy, and water and the impacts at the nexus ...

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The Economics of Sustainability: Using Microeconomic Principles to Teach Sustainability Membership Required

  • Aquinas College (MI)

As a means to support a sustainable business program at Aquinas College, principles of microeconomics courses take on a unique sustainability focus. Here the concepts of consumption and production are ...

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Go Beyond Offsetting by Onsetting Carbon Consciousness Membership Required

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

This poster will describe the pros and cons of Carbon Onsetting and explain onsetting as an alternative system that allows greater student engagement and can support meaningful sustainability projects. It ...

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Leveraging Portfolio Manager and ENERGY STAR on Campus Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Portfolio Manager and ENERGY STAR remain largely untapped resources in the higher education sector. Come to this session to learn about how some leading edge schools are capitalizing on our ...

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Edinboro University Green Initiatives Membership Required

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)

In the past decade Edinboro University has made sustainability a hallmark of its facilities management. This poster summarizes EU's projects including a solar array, use of passive solar architecture ...

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Solar Best Practices: Onsite vs. Offsite and Leveraging Energy Information Software and Energy Storage for Optimal Savings Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

Universities and colleges are often limited in their ability to implement large-scale solar projects due to space constraints on campus. To solve this challenge, some academic institutions are turning to ...

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Setting the World Aflame: Town-Gown Collaboration through Solar Spring Break Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

UC Berkeley partners with GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break to engage students during spring break in the installation of solar panels for underrepresented communities. This partnership provides communities with access ...

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Implementing a LED Lighting Program Across a Major University Campus Membership Required

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Pearl Street LED Lighting Systems (NJ)

Princeton University has begun the execution of a program to convert their entire campus to LED lighting. This lighting efficiency program is in support of the Universities sustainability initiatives and ...

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Renewable Energy for Colleges: Onsite and Virtual Solar Solutions Membership Required

  • NRG Energy, Inc

Procuring renewable energy is expanding beyond its obvious value as the environmentally responsible thing to do; now it's increasingly becoming an economically viable option, as well. Colleges and universities ...

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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.

Programs and Initiatives

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

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

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