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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An analysis of building energy submetering and its uses for colleges and universities

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The intent of this report is to cover the topic of building energy submetering. Utilizing submeters to quantify building and sub-building energy usage can lead to reduced utility consumption, increased ...


Enhancing the accountability and comparability of different campuses’ energy profiles through an energy cluster approach

  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Politecnico di Torino

International sustainability ranking systems generally set criteria in order to monitor global achievement of universities in terms of sustainability. However, current sustainability ranking systems do not provide specific consumption thresholds ...


The Potential for Electricity-use Reduction in Grinnell College Residence Halls through Behavioral Manipulation

  • Grinnell College (IA)

I studied the potential for electricity-use reduction through behavioral change in on-campus residence halls. I used social comparisons to induce behavioral change in the residents. The results did not show ...


The influence of group-level factors on individual energy-saving behaviors in a shared space: The case of shared residences

  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Shenzhen University

In business and service buildings, shared spaces constitute large areas where occupants share energy resources and manage them. Changing people's behaviors toward conscious and efficient energy use within shared ...


The Role of Simulation and Serious Games in Teaching Concepts on Circular Economy and Sustainable Energy

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Technische Universiteit Delft
  • University of Southampton
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona)
  • Universidad Pública de Navarra

The prevailing need for a more sustainable management of natural resources depends not only on the decisions made by governments and the will of the population, but also on the ...


Scalable pathways to net zero carbon in the UK higher education sector: A systematic review of smart energy systems in university campuses

  • Buro Happold (NY)
  • University College London (London)

The following literature review sets out the state-of-the-art research relating to smart building principles and smart energy systems in UK higher education university campuses. The paper begins by discussing the ...


Cooling supply costs of a university campus

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • EIFER - European Institute for Energy Research

Global climate change and growing research activities lead to increasing cooling demands and related supply costs at universities, while at the same time ambitious goals towards carbon neutral campuses are ...


Motion and Sash Height (MASH) alarms for efficient fume hood use

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Ventilation, including fume hoods, consumes 40–70% of the total energy used by modern laboratories. Energy-conscious fume hood usage—for example, closing the sash when a hood is unused—can ...


Higher Education Interdisciplinarity: Addressing the Complexity of Sustainable Energies and the Green Economy

  • Sapienza Università di Roma

Universities play a strategic role towards a sustainable future, as they address the complex scientific research on green transition and enable students from diverse backgrounds to acquire different skills, integrate ...


Investigating barriers to efficient electricity management practices in government-owned tertiary institutions: a case of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Federal University of Technology Akure

Energy efficiency is a cost-effective way to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; however, certain barriers have hindered its adoption in public universities. Hence, it is essential to identify and analyze the ...


Measuring interdisciplinarity in the context of sustainability research projects toward capacity building in higher education

  • Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden)

The purpose of this paper is to develop an analytical framework toward facilitating the quantitative measurement of interdisciplinary understanding regarding sustainable energy systems with an application in the area of ...


One Year Real Data Rooftop PV System Performance Analysis of a University Academic Campus

  • Philadelphia University (Jordan)

This paper presents the details of 13 rooftop PV systems installed at Philadelphia University (PU) in Amman-Jordan and gives an assessment of these PV systems in terms of the design ...


Pathways to eliminate carbon emissions via renewable energy investments at higher education institutions

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

Higher education institutions are among the many public and private sector entities that have committed to long-term sustainability goals in response to the threat of climate change. A key challenge ...


Market Assessment of Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Laboratories

  • My Green Lab (CA)
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (CA)
  • Southern California Edison (DC)
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company

A combination of market research, online surveys, in-person interviews, and a broad literature review of previous industry reports was used to estimate the potential for energy efficiency in laboratory facilities ...

  • Posted April 28, 2022
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Determining key drivers of efficient electricity management practices in public universities in Southwestern Nigeria: An empirical study

  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Federal University of Technology Akure

University campuses are one of the major consumers of electricity. Therefore, it is important to investigate factors related to electricity saving. This study aims to examine the key drivers in ...

  • Posted April 28, 2022
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A Solar Market Pathway for Independent Colleges in Virginia

  • Appalachian School of Law (VA)
  • Bridgewater College (VA)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
  • Emory & Henry College (VA)
  • Ferrum College (VA)
  • Hampton University (VA)
  • Hollins University (VA)
  • University of Lynchburg (VA)
  • Mary Baldwin University (VA)
  • Marymount University (VA)
  • Randolph College (VA)
  • Roanoke College (VA)
  • Shenandoah University (VA)
  • Virginia Union University (VA)
  • Washington and Lee University (VA)
  • United States Department of Energy (DC)
  • Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (VA)

The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) was founded in 1971 and currently operates as Virginia Private Colleges, a nonprofit, 501(c)(6) organization representing 28 accredited nonprofit independent ...

  • Posted April 28, 2022
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Earth Fest 2022

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

River Falls, WI Community Celebrates Sustainability Over 1,000 people gathered in Glen Park on Sunday, April 24th despite cold and windy conditions to experience Earth Fest 2022. The event ...

  • Posted April 28, 2022
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Sustainable design of Cornell University campus energy systems toward climate neutrality and 100% renewables

  • Cornell University (NY)

In this paper, the sustainable design of carbon-neutral energy systems is addressed, considering earth source heat, lake source cooling, on-site renewable electricity generation, and sustainable peak heating systems. The electricity ...

  • Posted April 25, 2022
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Capturing Energy Savings from Correcting VAV Box Minimums on Campus

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Office of Sustainability at UC Berkeley leads energy and water saving campaigns on campus and has set the goal to reduce energy use intensity by an average of at ...

  • Posted April 25, 2022
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Energy Efficiency Reserve

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Consistent with the intent of the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act (MEEIA) and Ameren’s BizSavers program, Washington University’s Energy Efficiency Reserve provides a dedicated funding source for energy ...


Student Green Energy Fund

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The Student Green Energy Fund was launched in 2011 to support the University of South Florida's commitment to reduce and eventually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the Tampa campus ...


Recalculating Sustainability: A Fresh Lens on Energy Efficiency, Technologies and Financing Trends

  • University of Central Florida (FL)
  • Duke Energy (NC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • TLC Engineering Solutions (FL)

A new era in sustainability commitments begins with a roadmap on the clean energy transformation journey. As with any great journey, careful planning is essential to make certain that you ...

  • Posted March 31, 2022
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500 kW Solar Canopy: Eastside 2 Parking Structure

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Completed in fall 2020, the new parking structure at CSU Fullerton is a state-of-the-art facility that is a mirror image of the existing structure IPD designed and completed in 2010 ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2022
  • Green Power Projects
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From Waste to Fuel: An Interactive Introduction to Community-Based Biodiesel Production

  • John Brown University (AR)
  • Springboard Biodiesel (CA)

Making biodiesel from waste oils, locally, is a community-based act of collaboration and empowerment that has a significant positive impact on the environment and saves money on any institution's ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Building a Clean Energy Revolution in Your Community - Solar Ambassadors Bring Solar to Nonprofits

  • RE-Volv (CA)

RE-volv helps empower people to bring solar energy to nonprofits in their communities. Through our Solar Seed Fund, community-serving nonprofits can go solar for zero down and save 15% or ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Going Big on Renewables: How to Kick-Start Renewables With Second Nature's Pro Bono Consulting

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Do you want to go big on renewables but you don't have the funds to get started, or need a way to get traction with internal stakeholders? In 2020 ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Designing Buildings for Future Climate Realities

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

The University of California launched the Designing Buildings for Future Climate Realities project to optimize buildings and infrastructure to the changing climate in which they will be operating. Standard industry ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Life Cycle Analysis in Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting: Capturing the Whole Picture

  • Polytechnique Montreal (QC)

Polytechnique Montréal produced what we believe is the most comprehensive carbon footprint reporting of any higher learning institution by using a life cycle analysis (LCA) approach. Many institutions have pledged ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Accelerating Big Levers of Change: Heat Trading, Ground Source Heating and Cooling, and Carbon Pricing - Second Nature Solution Center

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Brailsford & Dunlavey (DC)

We have the tools to solve climate change today. The challenge is how to deploy these solutions fast enough, at a large enough scale and in a way that promotes ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Taking Action on Sustainability Commitments Using IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)

  • Clemson University (SC)
  • Duke Energy (NC)

The future will require ingenuity and innovation as well as capital to move the needle on sustainability commitments. The past decade has clearly demonstrated that our previous capitalization and decision-making ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Setting a Path for Elimination of Carbon Emissions through Electrification of Natural Gas Equipment

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University has reduced its carbon emissions by 69% from peak levels in 2011 and is on track to achieve 80% reduction in the next year through procurement of 100 ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Renewable Energy and Carbon Offset Discussions: Peer to Peer Strategy Share

  • Chatham University (PA)
  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e (CA)

Renewable energy and carbon offsets are key components for decarbonization and therefore higher education institutions must develop sourcing strategies both to be good stewards to their community and planet as ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Is Carbon Neutrality the Right Goal? Lessons From Leaders in the Second Nature Carbon Commitment

  • Smith College (MA)

The most important number in climate policy is zero – we need to achieve global carbon neutrality as quickly as possible to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Nearly 800 ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Grassroots to Green Energy: How Five Students Brought Five Acres of Solar to UW-Platteville.

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)
  • McKinstry (WA)

While hundreds of United States colleges and universities have signed the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments, HOW to actually start and land renewable energy projects within the complex, frequently cash-strapped world ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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What's in Your Toolkit? Laboratory Efficiency for Cutting Edge Labs

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Cutting-edge research often hosts hazards that must be contained effectively to maintain a safe work environment for researchers. As a result, laboratories are complex buildings that can be challenging and ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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How To Decarbonize With Renewable Natural Gas

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Vanguard Renewables (MA)
  • ONE Gas (OK)

Many colleges and universities have set aggressive carbon neutrality targets and are struggling to find practical ways to meet the numbers. As colleges move toward reducing their carbon footprint by ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Electrification, Distributed Energy Solutions and Campus Economics - Re-Targeting Our Commitments!

  • Clemson University (SC)
  • Davidson College (NC)
  • Duke Energy (NC)

The future is.... all about ELECTRIFICATION, DISTRIBUTED ENERGY SOLUTIONS AND CAMPUS ECONOMICS. As we re-evaluate our commitments to sustainability, we must turn from broad goals to actionable strategies to make ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Shaping the Future with Heat-Free Print Technology

  • Epson America (CA)

Institutions of higher learning are uniquely positioned to lead by example on environmental issues. One way to do this is by investing in heat-free printing technologies that reduce energy consumption ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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COVID or Us? Interpreting GHG Emission Reductions Amid a Pandemic While Improving Energy Efficiency

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

Located in Northern Minnesota, Bemidji State University (BSU) operates within a dispersed, rural, and diverse community. With a longstanding commitment to carbon reduction, BSU has strategically partnered with the university ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Additionality: How to Ensure Your Renewable Electricity Procurement Strategy Has Real Climate Impact

  • University of Dayton (OH)

Many higher education institutions are pursuing active decarbonization programs to demonstrate climate leadership. A key element in these programs is eliminating the climate impact of an institution's electricity procurement ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Studying Plug Load Savings from Idle Devices in Unoccupied Buildings during the Pandemic

  • Stanford University (CA)

During the pandemic, some unoccupied buildings at Stanford were reaping less electricity savings than expected. In these particular buildings, heating and cooling had been turned off, and all occupants were ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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CSU Building Decarbonization: A Framework for Decarbonizing Existing Fossil Fuel Infrastructure on Higher Education Campuses

  • California State University, Chancellor's Office (CA)
  • Glumac (OR)

The California State University (CSU) provides high quality, affordable and inclusive public higher education throughout California. The CSU system has made significant strides to reduce its impact on the environment ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Supporting a Circular Food Economy: Converting Inedible Scraps Into Renewable Energy and Beneficial Fertilizer

  • Kent State University (OH)
  • InSinkErator (WI)
  • Quasar Energy Group (OH)

More than one third of the food produced today is lost or wasted, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Here in the United States, the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Interactive Urban Planning Sustainability Tools

  • Millennial Cities

Millennial Cities is an interactive web mapping site that provides access to important maps, data, and web mapping applications related to climate change, social justice, the environment, and more. The ...


12.3 MW Pollinator Friendly Solar Farm

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign marked the completion of its 12.3-MWdc solar farm by planting native pollinator habitat on the 54-acre site.

The project is the second solar farm ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2021
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473 kW Rooftop Mount Student Services Building and Student Recreation Center

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

UC Riverside is expanding its access to on-site renewable energy with the installation of solar panels on two campus buildings.

Workers have been installing panels on the Student Recreation Center ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2021
  • Green Power Projects
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2.4 kW Rooftop Mount Keppel Carriage House

  • Hope College (MI)

A solar power project by engineering students at Hope College is charging landscape equipment and electric golf carts.

A small 2.4 kW photovoltaic system was installed on top of ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2021
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470 kW Roof Top Mount Kirby Sports Center

  • Lafayette College (PA)

Installation of solar panels began June 1 on the sun-soaked roof of Kirby Sports Center. The approximately 470-kilowatt (kW) solar array will power operations at Kirby. The solar installation is ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2021
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50 kW Wind Turbine: Bjorklunden

  • Lawrence University (WI)

A 50kw Endurance wind turbine at Bjorklunden, our nature preserve and lodge in Door County, WI, installed in October 2011 and commissioned December 8th 2011. The turbine provides up to ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2021
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20 kW Rooftop Mount Hiett Residence Hall

  • Lawrence University (WI)

A 20kw solar pv array on Hiett Residence Hall, which provides as much as 90% of the building's electricity demands on peak days. This solar array was installed in ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2021
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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).

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