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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ConnecTable Team AASHE Earth Day Photo Membership Required

  • Carrier Class Green Infrastructure (PA)

The ConnecTable team with their new solar charging station model the Hub in front of headquarters in Willow Grove, PA.

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Empowering the New Energy Workforce: Best Practices for Campus Energy Education & Internships Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • California State University, Bakersfield (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)
  • Skyline College (CA)
  • College of the Desert (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Hear first-hand from a diverse set of California colleges that are creating student internships and work-based learning opportunities to support energy and sustainability career pathways. This webinar highlights campus outcomes ...

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How to Reduce Your School's Carbon Footprint – For Free! Membership Required

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • TerraPass (CA)

UCapture offsets users’ carbon footprint, for free, when they shop with 2000+ partners. Their platform harnesses the power of consumers to build the “cost of carbon” into every transaction – and ...

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Quantity and Electricity Consumption of Plug Load Equipment on a University Campus Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

The percent of energy consumed by plug load equipment in commercial buildings is on the rise. Research conducted in the past has included surveying plug load equipment, measuring plug load ...

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Green Gigawatt Partnership: Reinventing Renewable Power Purchase Agreements for Higher Education Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Altenex (MA)

The higher education renewable energy market has grown dramatically in recent years as campus buyers have executed power purchase agreements (PPAs). But for all of the successes, two substantial obstacles ...

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From Reactive to Proactive: Findings From Analyzing 400 School Buildings Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Buildpulse (WA)

Facility teams are extremely busy, and have a growing workload that is tackled with resources that are spread increasingly thin. Automating even a small portion of their jobs can free ...

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Do Green Buildings Outperform Conventional Buildings? Indoor Environment and Energy Performance in North American Offices Membership Required

A comprehensive post-occupancy investigation of the performance of ìgreenî and ìconventionalî office buildings has been completed. The study included occupant surveys and physical building and energy use data collected from ...

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Texas A&M gets ‘gold’ rating for campus sustainability Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
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Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Higher education is uniquely positioned to both expand and benefit from climate leadership. Many universities and colleges have substantially stepped up their commitments and efforts to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG ...

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Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus Membership Required

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • University at Albany (NY)
  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Butte College (CA)
  • Ball State University (IN)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • University of Delaware (DE)

America’s institutions of higher education can play a crucial role in the fight to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Colleges and universities across the country should aggressively ...

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Sharing the Load: Aggregating Renewable Energy Purchases with Others Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

The idea of pooling resources to increase bargaining power is not new. But it is being newly applied to renewable energy purchases. Now, no matter the size or location of ...

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SAVE Sustainable Actions Visible Effects Membership Required

  • Academy of Court Reporting (OH)
  • Pomona College (CA)

Project Overview Pomona-College is excited to present their innovative partnership with MelRok, “The Streaming Energy Innovator”. This partnership is the foundation of Pomona’s SAVE, Sustainable Actions Visible Effects initiative ...

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University of Chicago New Construction Procurement Case Study: Securing Your Investment in Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Seventhwave (WI)

Join AASHE and Second Nature for an in-depth look under the hood of the University of Chicago’s innovative procurement approach to establish a measurable energy performance requirement in their ...

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Taking Carbon Off-Setting Beyond the Campus Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar tells the story of the Community Conservation Corps (CCC), a community weatherization program run through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University. The CCC was ...

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Plans and Living Practices for the Green Campus of Portland State University Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study aims to comprehend Portland State University (PSU)’s green campus strategies, and students’ level of knowledge and living practices relating to green campus. PSU’s sustainable campus plan ...

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Encouraging Revolving Door Usage in a Mixed-Use Building: The Influence of Visual Prompts and Descriptive Social Norms Membership Required

  • Lesley University (MA)

This field experiment investigated effects of a descriptive norms-based sign combined with five footprint sticker decal prompts directing individuals to help save energy by using a revolving door, as opposed ...

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Developing Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Strategies Through Student Research Membership Required

  • University of Houston (TX)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • AASHE (PA)

Student groups at the University of Houston and University of Michigan have developed strategies for energy efficiency and water conservation on campus through research.

At the University of Michigan, a ...

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The State of Sustainability in Higher Education 2016: The Life Cycle of Higher Education Facilities Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

Over the past two decades, colleges and universities have embraced numerous programs to minimize their environmental impact.

What were the “wins” for sustainability in higher education in 2016?

The annual ...

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Green Gigawatt Partnership: How to Apply for AASHE's On Campus Solar Project Support Membership Required

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Altenex (MA)

AASHE is offering cost-free support for up to five campuses (http://greengigawatt.org/aashe-campus-project.php) to develop and implement on-campus (or near campus) solar projects.This webinar presents how the ...

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Going green in architectural education: An urban living lab experiment for a graduation green design studio in Saint Catherine, Egypt Membership Required

  • Lund University

Given the current energy crises, recent efforts have been directed at bringing energy efficiency and environmental awareness across the board into architectural education in Egypt. Although interest in sustainable design ...

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2015 National Solar Jobs Census Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)

The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2015 is the sixth annual update of current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. It found that ...

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Energy Efficiency Jobs in America Membership Required

This report finds that energy efficiency is a massive employer with 1.9 million jobs nationwide and thousands of jobs in each and every state. The report, based on U ...

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Clean Jobs America: A comprehensive analysis of clean energy jobs in America Membership Required

In this comprehensive analysis of clean energy and clean transportation jobs, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) finds that more than 2.5 million Americans now work in clean energy at businesses across ...

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The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America Membership Required

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts (DC)

Despite a lack of sustained policy attention and investment, the emerging clean energy economy has grown considerably - extending to all 50 states, engaging a wide variety of workers and generating ...

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Case study for evaluating campus sustainability: nitrogen balance for the University of Minnesota Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

American ecologists recently began to address the ecology of cities. Concurrently, higher education institutions have developed sustainability education programs and instituted sustainability policies and projects. This paper draws together these ...

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Should we quit our jobs? Challenges, barriers and recommendations for interdisciplinary energy research Membership Required

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • University College Dublin ΓÇô National University of Ireland, Dublin

Many plea for a better integration of social sciences in energy research, which would imply more comprehensive interdisciplinary energy research. We argue that in order to achieve this, institutional barriers ...

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Energy challenges: isolating results due to behavior change Membership Required

  • Allegheny College (PA)

Purpose

Approximately 700 colleges and universities have committed to climate neutrality, which will require significant reductions in energy consumption. This paper aims to explore the effectiveness of an Annual Energy ...

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Sustainability at Central Oregon Community College Membership Required

  • Central Oregon Community College (OR)

The paper of "Sustainable Development at Central Oregon Community College" was written to influence board members, faculty, and students who were enrolled or employed at the college to consider small ...

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Colorado State University: A Midscale Market Solar Customer Case Study Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology experienced an unprecedented level of investment and deployment between 2005 and 2015. Driven by rapidly falling module costs, high consumer demand, and targeted state and local ...

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Key Facilities Metrics Survey and Report Membership Required

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

The Key Facilities Metrics Survey is a brief annual survey designed to encourage attention to a small number of key facilities metrics: total energy consumption per square foot, electricity consumption ...

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Green Gigawatt Partnership: Tips and Tricks for On-Campus Solar Membership Required

  • Howard University (DC)
  • Washington and Lee University (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Altenex (MA)

The Green Gigawatt Partnership is designed to help AASHE members catalyze one gigawatt of renewable generation capacity by 2020. In 2017, this AASHE initiative will offer members support for both ...

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A geographic approach to facilitating local climate governance: From emissions inventories to mitigation planning Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

It is increasingly recognized that municipal and regional scale governments play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. While universities possess many resources that ...

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Community support for campus approaches to sustainable energy use: The role of “town–gown” relationships Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • Cornell University (NY)

Across the United States, universities are grappling with challenges associated with adopting approaches to more sustainable energy use. One approach has been to develop energy-related projects in their local, host ...

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An overview of life cycle assessment (LCA) and research-based teaching in renewable and sustainable energy education Membership Required

Engineers working as designers, managers and policy-makers play a key role in decision-making got sustainable energy solutions. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a key decision-making and benchmarking tool used for ...

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Best Practices for Solar PPAs Membership Required

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

Solar energy is now economically feasible in many states of the U.S. The question is who pays for the solar panels? The costs of design, installation, operation and maintenance ...

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Institutional Change through Student-Led Initiatives: The Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The ASUREI is a student-led, student-funded organization that reduces the environmental impact of Appalachian State University by implementing renewable energy technologies, investing in sustainable energy practices, and promoting campus engagement ...

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Powering a New South: Sustainability and Energy in the Southern US Membership Required

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

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

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We're Divesting! Where can we Move our Money? Membership Required

  • National Union of Students

Working with others in the Divest-Invest movement this workshop will present the steps that can be taken once a fossil fuel divestment commitment has been secured. The workshop will cover ...

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LEED Green Associate Training V4 Membership Required

  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

LEED Green Associate Training covers information needed for preparation for the GBCI LEED Green Associate exam. Presented by Leonardo Academy staff: Michael Arny, President of Leonardo Academy who was the ...

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How to Use Renewables to Cut Carbon and Boost the Bottom Line Membership Required

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Howard University (DC)
  • Altenex (MA)

This workshop will help participants develop comprehensive renewable energy plans that educate campus stakeholders, dramatically reduce GHGs, and provide cost savings and budget certainty by avoiding volatile conventional energy costs ...

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Energy Engineering for Non-Engineers Membership Required

  • GreenerU (MA)

Much of the change we need to make in order to address climate change and sustainability challenges relates to engineering, but that doesn't mean everyone needs an engineering degree ...

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Using Campus Solar Deployment Roadmaps to Guide University Investment Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) has been working to develop approaches and define opportunities for on- and ...

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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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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