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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Center for Sustainable Energy

  • Kansas State University (KS)

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

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Energy Research Center at Lehigh University

  • Lehigh University (PA)

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

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

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

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

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Center for Excitonics

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

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

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The Eni-MIT Alliance

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

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

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MIT Energy Initiative

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

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

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North American Wind Research and Training Center

  • Mesalands Community College (NM)

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

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PERC: The Power and Energy Research Center

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

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

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Sustainable Energy Research Center

  • Mississippi State University (MS)

The Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) was established in January 2006 at Mississippi State University (MSU) through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). SERC was formed to ...

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Energy Research Institute at Montana State University

  • Montana State University (MT)

Montana State University is leading the way to a new energy future for Montana and the nation, with cutting edge research in biofuels, carbon sequestration, fuel cells and wind energy.

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North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center is a UNC System-chartered Public Service Center administered by the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. Its mission is to advance ...

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ANSER Solar Energy Research Center

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The ANSER Center, founded in 2007, is a joint research effort between Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory that works to develop the fundamental understanding of molecules, materials and method ...

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Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility

  • Oregon State University (OR)

The WESRF at OSU provides research, testing and consulting services related to machines and drives, power electronics, hybrid electric vehicles, power systems and renewables.

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Pace Energy and Climate Center

  • Pace University (NY)

The mission of the Pace Energy and Climate Center is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways society supplies and consumes energy so as to ...

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H2E Center

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Hydrogen energy research is one of several important energy-related topics at Penn State University. Many faculty, staff, and students at Penn State are working with collaborators in industry and National ...

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Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF) is a DOE Energy Frontiers Research Center focused on developing a detailed understanding of lignocellulose, the main structural material in plants, from ...

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Discovery Park Energy Center

  • Purdue University (IN)

The mission of the Energy Center in Discovery Park is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. The Center engages researchers and students in a community that delivers ...

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Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio)

  • Purdue University (IN)

C3Bio is an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science to conduct high-risk, high-reward research for the future deployment of advanced liquid ...

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Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

SUNY-ESF is home to the SUNY Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy, a 64-campus research and development clearinghouse in the critical area of energy sufficiency and sustainability. Established by SUNY ...

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National Wind Institute

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

The National Wind Institute (NWI) was established in December 2012, and is intended to serve as Texas Tech University's intellectual hub for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, commercialization and education ...

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Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

AzRISE, a global institute at the University of Arizona, creates multi-disciplinary partnerships that integrate research, economics, public policy, and education. Spanning academia, industry and government, these partnerships are creating the ...

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California Institute for Energy and Environment

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

California has set itself far-reaching, fast-tracked goals for energy efficiency and stemming climate change — goals that can lead the way to new thinking and practices around the globe. But how ...

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Winston Chung Global Energy Center

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

Research, Education, and Application -- To take a holistic approach to addressing energy storage research needs and issues, broadly ranging from technical issues, economic development, and ecological wellness. This new center ...

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Center for Energy Research

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The Center for Energy Research (CER) was established at UC San Diego in 1972 to help create solutions to the growing challenges of energy supply and utilization in our society ...

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Center for Energy Efficient Materials

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Center for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM) is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy. The principal activity ...

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The Institute for Energy Efficiency

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Research initiatives at the Institute for Energy Efficiency are taking place across the efficiency spectrum. The Institute has organized these efforts into six Solutions Groups, each of which has selected ...

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Florida Solar Energy Center

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)—a research institute of the University of Central Florida (UCF)—was created by the Florida Legislature in 1975 to serve as the state’s ...

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University of Delaware Energy Institute

  • University of Delaware (DE)

The overall mission of the University of Delaware Energy Institute is to marshal and expand the University's science, engineering, and public policy expertise in new and emerging energy technologies ...

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Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), a research unit of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM), conducts research of ...

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Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research promotes partnerships among the state's colleges and universities, private industries, and non-profit organizations to actively pursue federally and privately funded research and ...

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Energy Research Center

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The University of Maryland Energy Research Center provides a comprehensive balanced energy research program, based on the most efficient use of our natural resources while minimizing environmental impacts and our ...

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Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERE) conducts research and provides technical assistance for a range of clean energy technologies and applications. With support from state and federal ...

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Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) – Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy, PHaSE – was one of 46 national centers created in 2009 by the U.S ...

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New England Marine Renewable Energy Center

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

The New England MREC is an organization comprised of academia, government agencies, industry, municipalities, public interest groups and concerned individuals. MREC’s focus is to foster the development of ocean ...

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Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The vision of the Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion (CSTEC) is to design and to synthesize new materials for high efficiency photovoltaic (PV) and thermoelectric (TE) devices, predicated ...

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Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

A large-scale project known formally as the University of Minnesota Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center at Morris includes development in community and locally-owned energy systems including wind, biomass, biofuels ...

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The Center for Energy Research

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The Center for Energy Research (CER) focuses on research, information exchange, and education in energy topics. Issues of particular interest to the Center's geographical region include such general topics ...

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Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

  • University of Nevada, Reno (NV)

The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy (GBCGE) was informally organized within the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno in May 2000. The formation of the ...

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Solar Energy Research Center

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The UNC SERC was founded in 2008 to serve as a regional hub for solar energy research. Its primary goal is to contribute to our energy future by taking a ...

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Solar Fuels and Next Generation Photovoltaics

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The mission of the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center is to conduct research on dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells (DSPECs) for water splitting and tandem cells for the reduction of carbon dioxide ...

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Energy and Environmental Research Center

  • University of North Dakota (ND)

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is a unique organization dedicated to providing practical, pioneering solutions to the world’s energy and environmental challenges. The EERC was officially founded ...

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Clean Energy Research Center

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The Clean Energy research Center (CERC) at the University of South Florida pursues research and development of new/environmentally clean energy systems, such as photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP ...

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Energy Institute

  • University of Southern California (CA)

The USC Energy Institute (USCEI) was launched in 2008 to create a university-based framework to support and expand opportunities in energy-related research, education, and public policy development.

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Campus of Energy and Innovation

  • University of Toledo (OH)

The campus will serve as a hands-on alternative energy laboratory used for teaching, research and demonstration, as well as to generate energy and reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

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International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Washington University in St. Louis is addressing the challenges of energy and sustainability on a global scale. The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) was created in ...

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Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

To address the purpose of the EFRC initiative, WUSTL created the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC). PARC brings together a core group of WUSTL researchers along with several other select ...

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Alternative and Renewable Energy Research

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Alternative and Renewable Energy Research Center includes labs and research on alternative fuel, Bronco biodiesel, cellulose, Consumers Energy Foundation, fuel cells, plug In hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), solar PV ...

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AAS in Clean Energy Technology

  • Walters State Community College (TN)

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Clean Energy Technology is designed to train students who wish to enter the job market in selected areas of the clean energy field ...

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AAS in Green Technology & Sustainability Option

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The program's Green Technology and Sustainability Option, approved this spring by the state of Oregon, provides Mechanical and Civil Engineering Technology students with the skills to better prepare them ...

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AAS in Renewable Energy Systems

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The most comprehensive Renewable Energy Systems (RES) training offering in the State of Oregon preparing technicians for solar power, wind power, fuel cell and other renewable energy fields.

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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.

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Energy Partners

Altenex, LLC

Irvine, CA
Business Leader

Pharos Systems International

Rochester, NY
Business Leader
A certified B Corp, Pharos helps universities reveal wasteful habits and hidden costs making campus printing less expensive, more mindful, and more sustainable.

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Supporter

8760 Engineering

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

American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

Carrier Class Green Infrastructure

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

Celtic Energy, Inc.

Glastonbury, CT
Business Affiliate

CustomerFirst Renewables

Gaithersburg, MD
Business Affiliate
CFR is an innovative, renewable energy advisory firm focused on bringing large-scale solutions directly to clients. CFR solutions typically meet up to 100% of power needs, cost less than brown power, and mitigate price uncertainty.

Energy Solutions Professionals, LLC

Overland Park, KS
Business Affiliate

Energy Systems Group (ESG)

Newburgh, IN
Business Affiliate

First American Education Finance

Fairport, NY
Business Affiliate
First American Education Finance provides customized financing solutions to help schools solve their unique challenges - from complex projects such as energy-efficiency upgrades and campus improvements to equipment management.

Fit for Green Inc.

Mission Viejo, CA
Business Affiliate
Fit for Green actively engages people across all 3 pillars of sustainability during exercise. They are a provider of specialized commercial gym equipment.

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
Business Affiliate

SolGreen Solutions

Alexandria, VA
Business Affiliate

Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
Business Affiliate
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
Business Affiliate