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.

2021 resources

The Power of Collaboration to Grow the Clean Energy Economy

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Heartland Community College (IL)

With the rapid emergence of energy efficiency and clean energy innovations, the higher education sector must meet new demands to maintain up-to-date facilities, to retain a highly skilled staff, and ...

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Green Light at the Jacobs University Bremen. Shift to LED. Savings up to 70 %

  • Jacobs University

To address the challenge of restructuring the energy sector towards renewable energies, the energy efficiency has been seen as a the improvement potential with the best cost to benefit ratio ...

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Assessing Biodiesel Vehicle Performance in a Public Transportation Facility that Serves a University: Appalcart Biodiesel Fleet Performance at Appalachian State University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalcart is a Public Transportation Authority that has a cooperative relationship with Appalachian State University (Appstate) to provide free public transportation for the Town of Boone and Watauga County in ...

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Assessing the Impact and Potential of a Student-Initiated and Maintained Small-Scale Biodiesel Production Facility: The Biodiesel Facility at Appalachian State University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Since 2006 Appalachian State University (Appstate) in Boone, North Carolina has had a small-scale Biodiesel Research and Educational Facility capable of producing 100 gallons of biodiesel a week. The facility ...

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Student Energy Simulations Guiding Facility Retrofits: Connecting Student Learning Outcomes to Facility Efficiency

  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GA)
  • Georgia Perimeter College (GA)

Facilities improvements on existing institutional buildings can support student learning outcomes, inter-institutional collaborations, and industry partner collaboration, especially amidst institutional budgetary challenges. A community college in the Southeastern U.S ...

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Sharing the Spirit "Do It In the Dark" Energy Conservation Challenge

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Green Mountain College's Student Campus Greening Fund, a committee that is student funded, student run and implements student projects helped fund the college's Energy Dashboard. The touch-screen monitors ...

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Designing and Operating a Certified "Living Building:" Meeting Certification and Maintaining Net-Zero Energy

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

The Tyson Living Learning Center at Washington University in St. Louis opened in May 2009 and on October 12, 2010 became one of the first two buildings in the world ...

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Murray State University Takes Advantage of Smartgrid Volt/VAR Optimization Technology

  • Murray State University (KY)
  • Honeywell (NH)

In February 2010. UtiliData, Inc. commissioned a Smartgrid Volt/VAR Optimization system on the campus of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. The system was based upon the AdaptiVolt™ Volt ...

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Powerful Partnerships: Working with Your Local Utility to Promote and Fund Energy Efficiency Initiatives

  • University of San Diego (CA)

During a time of budget cuts and resource constraints, colleges now more than ever need to work smarter to lower costs, and to meet their energy efficiency and sustainability goals ...

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National Campus Energy Trends: How do you measure success?

  • Sightlines (SC)

This session will present campus energy performance metrics including national trends and specific case studies. Metrics are generated from the largest academic facilities database in the country representing nearly 10 ...

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Mindfulness in Energy Use: Course Participants Driving Conservation

  • University of Louisville (KY)

Universities face an increasingly challenging financial landscape. In our state, government officials have cut funding for higher education for 12 years running. This budgetary crisis, combined with increasing enrollment, has ...

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Laboratory Fume Hood Campaigns: Students Educating Staff to Save Energy

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Students are valuable campus leaders and effective advocates for energy savings on campus, including in unique locations like scientific laboratories. By spearheading lab fume hood campaigns and/or competitions, students ...

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Who Knew Becoming NABCEP Certified Could Have a Social Justice Component?

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (NC)

Who knew becoming NABCEP Certified Could Have a Social Justice Component?

This presentation will outline the procedures of how to become NABCEP certified for the entry Level PV and Solar ...

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WaterShed: the University of Maryland's Winning Solar Decathlon 2011 Entry

  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

WaterShed is the net-zero home inspired by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem that won the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011. The student-designed, student-built home features constructed wetlands ...

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Analysis of Actual Energy Savings for Variable Flow Fume Hoods

  • Boston University (MA)

Fume hoods are recognized as one of the major factors that result in high energy use in laboratories. To reduce their impact, many laboratories in industry and academia utilize variable-air-volume ...

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Student Summit Keynote Given by Billy Parish

  • AASHE (PA)

Billy Parish is Co-Founder and President of Solar Mosaic, a solar investment marketplace, and Co-Author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World. In 2002, he ...

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Demonstrating Affordable Net-Zero Energy on Campus

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Is it possible to achieve net-zero-energy performance and carbon neutrality in a retrofit of an historic residence with a tight budget? When this university's Office of Sustainability was presented ...

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The Role of Dining Services in Sustainability Programming

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College and their food service provider, Sodexo Corporation, have worked together since 2009 to give continued support to the campuses Climate Action Plan through a Comprehensive Energy Initiative. Staffers ...

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Innovative Tool for Integrated Energy Planning

  • Michigan State University (MI)

One of the greatest challenges for universities is how to reliably meet the university's growing energy needs while reducing negative impacts of power generation. The presenting institution has its ...

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Lighting the Way to Energy Savings

  • New York University (NY)

Are you bewildered by the lighting options available? As LED's start to enter the mainstream many institutions are contemplating whether to make the switch from traditional fluorescent and incandescent ...

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Oil Literacy

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Oil drives the global economy and supports the lifestyles to which the industrialized world has become accustomed. But fossil fuels are precious and finite, and their consumption continues unabated. Oil ...

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A Case Study on a Residential Energy Efficiency Service Learning Education Program

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The mission of the National Energy Leadership Corps (NELC) education program is to train (STEM discipline) students in partner universities to complete energy assessments and to perform home energy assessments ...

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Bolster Your Ongoing Efforts with ENERGY STAR

  • Radford University (VA)

Radford University (RU) is working towards a goal of climate neutrality. To conserve resources, reduce costs and GHG emissions, and educate campus stakeholders, Radford University participates in US EPA's ...

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Strategic Planning for Sustainability and Energy Conservation at a University

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has been recognized by the EPA as the top institution in Higher Education, for reducing Green House Gases under their MOU Program. This ...

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Sizing Your School's Solar Potential

  • Santa Monica College (CA)

Tomorrow's brave new sustainable world will undoubtedly find environmentally progressive campuses on the forefront of renewable energy development, specifically in the saturation of solar photovoltaics on rooftops. Facilities and ...

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Envisioning the Resilient Campus: Planning for Reduced Campus Energy Consumption through Data Analysis and Visualization at St. Olaf College

  • St. Olaf College (MN)

Campuses are making great strides to integrate sustainability into their operations and planning through initiatives such as STARS and the ACUPCC. However, while campus master plans may include a section ...

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Partnering to Increase Community Access to Solar Energy

  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

The Southwest is blessed with the highest abundance of solar resource in the country, yet institutional barriers persist that keep solar costly and prevent local governments, homeowners and businesses from ...

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Cooling Tower Wastewater Recycling with Smart Integrated Membrane Systems

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The feasibility of reclaiming potable-quality water from the UCLA Co-Generation (CoGen) plant cooling tower blowdown wastewater was evaluated using a novel integrated ultrafiltration (UF)/Reverse Osmosis (RO) membrane system in ...

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A Case Study of Multi-Campus, Interdisciplinary Energy Education Through Public-Private Partnership

  • University of Hawaii Community Colleges (HI)

Energy Service Companies (ESCO's) that partner with campuses to reduce their energy bills by millions provide an unprecedented opportunity for multi-stakeholder educational programs that engage students in cutting edge ...

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A Case Study of Multi-Campus, Interdisciplinary Energy Education to Empower Student Engagement

  • University of Hawaii Community Colleges (HI)

Today's students are tech and media savvy and ready to work at a professional level with mentors and stakeholders who can help them make a measurable impact in the ...

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Empowering Physical Plant as Sustainability Ambassadors

  • Xavier University (OH)

The Office of Physical Plant as Xavier University has 85 professionals, serving a campus community of 8,000 plus. The Sustainability Program was quietly effective, but the department's humility ...

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From Coal to Clean Energy: Divest for A Clean Energy Future

  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

The urgency and intensity of the climate crisis is escalating, and policy mechanisms are failing. Young people across the nation will be facing the consequences of environmental crises that they ...

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University of Northern BC Renewable Energy Feasibility Study, with Primary Consideration to Wind Energy

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

This project performed through the University of Northern BC and funded by the UNBC Green Fund. The primary objective of the study was to examine the wind energy potential for ...

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Towards a Zero Plus Campus

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Zero Plus Campus Project (Z+ Project) is developing an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum focused on modeling the performance of the buildings integrated in the landscape to regenerate the campus environment ...

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Solar Photovoltaic Installations On Campus: A Comparative Overview With Case Studies

  • AASHE (PA)

A representative series of comprehensive case studies for solar photovoltaic installations at institutions of higher education in the United States.

This presentation will highlight a range of solar installations on ...

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Energy auditing by summer undergraduate interns

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

With tight budgets, many small colleges have a hard time finding the funds to hire a consulting engineering firm to conduct energy audits and develop retrofit strategies. A way to ...

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Estimating the energy and greenhouse gas emissions embedded in metered water at the University of Arizona

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Located in the center of the Tucson metropolitan area, the University of Arizona obtains its water from a system of on-site wells and a municipal water system that includes significant ...

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Billion Dollar Green Challenge: How Campus Green Revolving Funds are Saving Energy and Money (2011)

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Facing burdensome budget cuts and unstable energy costs, many colleges are grappling with how to finance urgently needed, but capital-intensive, energy efficiency retrofits. In response to this need, the panel ...

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High Efficiency Run-Around Energy Recovery in Large Buildings

  • Konvekta USA Inc. (NJ)

Air-conditioning systems are among the greatest energy consumers in large buildings such as schools, laboratories and hospitals. European high performance 'run around energy recovery systems' (RAERS), guaranteeing strict separation of ...

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Hands-on undergraduate instruction in renewable energy; Linking student research and community partners

  • Allegheny College (PA)

Students in an introductory research methods class have engaged in research projects that enable them to help evaluate various local renewable energy options. All are hands-on projects that require students ...

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Creating an Energy Management Program from Limited Resources, Expertise and Funding

  • Meredith College (NC)

This session will examine methods to establish an energy management program at a small college. Using a women's college in Raleigh, North Carolina as a case study, the presentation ...

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Designing Sustainability Into Products: The Effectiveness of Eco-messages integrated into user interfaces

  • New York University (NY)

Sustainability messages were added to the control panels of washing machines in university laundry facilities, and data was gathered to compare users' cycle choices (hot, warm, or cold) with cycle ...

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Community Partnerships for a University-based Renewable Energy Biodigester

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

The university is operating the first commercial-scale dry anaerobic biodigester in the western hemisphere. The facility will provide the equivalent of up to 10% of campus electricity and heat, and ...

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Innovative Investment Models for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

  • Drexel University (PA)
  • Blue Hill Partners (PA)

Innovative business models and financing solutions are required to drive the next level of efficiency and sustainability on campus. Blue Hill Partners, a Philadelphia based firm, has teamed with the ...

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Opportunities for Achieving Significant Energy Reduction in Existing University Buildings: developing efficient HVAC operations

  • Boston University (MA)

This paper presents the results of 4 years of a course-based energy audit for a variety of mid to large size office, classroom and laboratory buildings with forced air HVAC ...

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University Energy Conservation Measures: It Takes a Community

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

Energy Conservation Measures ("ECM") is an immense undertaking by the university to retrofit 45 buildings on campus with an end goal of increasing energy efficiency. A multimillion dollar project begun ...

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When Do Variable Flow Fume Hoods Save Energy? implications for lab design and behavior modification

  • Boston University (MA)

Many university sustainability websites indicate the importance of using variable flow fume hoods and devising programs to ensure they are closed when not in use in order to reduce energy ...

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Living and Learning in a Passive House Residence Hall

  • Unity College (ME)

In the fall of 2011, ten students will move into a unique campus residence, TerraHaus, the first American college residence designed to meet the Passive House standard, the highest international ...

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Creating Partnerships for More Effective Energy-Saving Competitions

  • New York University (NY)

Campus residential energy saving competitions have become critical elements of many universities' sustainability engagement and environmental performance efforts. One such method for reductions is campus competitions. Residents are encouraged to ...

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Energy Management in the Curriculum: The ENERGY STAR Course for Colleges and Universities

  • American University (DC)
  • Cadmus Group, Inc. (FL)

Understanding the fundamentals of energy management is a marketable skill in any economic climate. Further, understanding the means to and metrics of energy efficiency, and how policy decisions intertwine with ...

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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

Edison Energy

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.

8760 Engineering

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

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

Celtic Energy, Inc.

Glastonbury, CT
Business Affiliate

Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e

San Francisco, CA
Business Affiliate
Green-e® is the only certification for renewable energy and carbon offsets accepted by AASHE STARS, setting quality standards and ensuring purchasers receive full environmental benefits.

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 Strategies

Salt Lake City, UT
Business Affiliate
Helping higher education clients instill confidence in their energy decisions by supplementing their capabilities with our experienced, multi-disciplinary consultancy services

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.

Sunbolt

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
Sunbolt creates solar-powered charging workstations. Featuring an unmatched solar array, these outdoor workstations are fully equipped to charge smart phones, laptops and other electronic devices.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
Business Affiliate