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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Sustainable SCU: An Analysis of Santa Clara University's Current and Future Energy Usage

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The goal of this project was to assess the effectiveness of Santa Clara University's Sustainability Program in conserving energy and reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). The study found ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Food and Fuel: Biogas Potential at Broward Dining Hall

  • University of Florida (FL)

Biogas, a sustainable natural gas equivalent, can be produced from food waste using anaerobic digestion. Large amounts of food waste are produced at campus dining halls. The goals of the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Benefits of Compact Fluorescent Lights in Residence Life Housing at Arkansas State University: Students Take Action

  • Arkansas State University (AR)

The technology of electricity production has liberated man from darkness (i.e. usage of the candles, and the lanterns), but some repercussions accompany this technology. According to the Department of ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Conserving Energy in Existing Buildings: A Case Study of Purdue University's Residence Halls

  • Purdue University (IN)

Residence halls are a good example of potential for energy savings in large buildings with varied and complex usage like hotels, youth hostels, and apartment complexes. In such settings, motivating ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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From principle to product: Exploring process through the Solar Decathlon

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The premise of this thesis is to examine the process and development of the evolution of words into built form. The abstract principle followed through the design process is the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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A sense of power: an energy analysis of the University of Cincinnati's west campus

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

This study consists of an energy analysis of UC's west campus. The central component of this thesis examines the Aronoff Center, analyzing its design and function in relation to ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Design of energy efficient building with radiant slab cooling

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Air-conditioning comprises a substantial fraction of commercial building energy use because of compressor-driven refrigeration and fan-driven air circulation. Core regions of large buildings require year-round cooling due to heat gains ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Lighting efficiency feasibility study of three Ohio university buildings

  • Ohio University (OH)

This thesis aims to evaluate the lighting efficiency of three Ohio University campus buildings. The primary research question is: What are the short- versus long-term costs and benefits to Ohio ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Energy Service Companies as a Component of a Comprehensive University Sustainability Strategy

  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This paper aims to quantify and critically analyze the best practices of a comprehensive environmental stewardship strategy (ESS), which included a guaranteed energy savings program (GESP) that utilized an energy ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Hidden Economics of Campus Sustainability

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Most of us are familiar with the obvious economic and environmental benefits associated with utility cost avoidance programs. For example, Colorado State University has actively encouraged energy management and water ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Green Expectations: From Wind Turbines to Green Dorms, from Turf Roofs to Eco-Friendly Cleaning Fluids, IHEs Are Exploring Environmentally Friendly Ways to Conserve Energy, Save Money-And Help the Planet

  • Carleton College (MN)

In a cornfield within eyesight of Carleton College's (Minn.) campus stands a towering sleek, stark-white structure that looks Like the Mercedes-Benz logo. But it's hardly an advertisement for ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Student Inquiries into Neglected Research for a Sustainable Society: Communication and Application

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

By applying the interdisciplinary approach of Science, Technology & Society, students can solve often-neglected research problems of shifting society's operation towards a sustainable state. A recent Penn State University ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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2.2 MW kW Groundmount Array

  • Cedarville University (OH)

The 2,154 kilowatt solar array was built on the southwest edge of the campus by Cincinnati-based Melink Corporation, which was responsible for the development, engineering, construction, and operation of ...

  • Posted Jan. 14, 2016
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240 kW Solar Arrays: Downs-Jones Library, Allen-Frazier Hall and Beard-Burrowes Hall

  • Huston-Tillotson University (TX)

Huston-Tillotson University recently installed about 240 kilowatts of solar on campus. The solar energy systems are on three buildings – the Downs-Jones Library and the Allen-Frazier and Beard-Burrowes residence halls.

  • Posted Jan. 4, 2016
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64 kW Rooftop Array: Intramural Activities Building

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Installed in 2011, this solar array is the largest on campus (as of 2015) covering one fifth of the Intramural Activities Building. The array generates around 60,000 kilowatt hours ...

  • Posted Dec. 2, 2015
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35 kW Rooftop Array: Mercer Court

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

A renewable energy project began at UW in 2012 and after two years of work, a solar array was installed on the rooftop of Mercer Court A in 2014. The ...

  • Posted Dec. 2, 2015
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10 kW Rooftop Demonstration Site: UW Power Plant

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

There are three different technologies in this demonstration site that feed PV-generated electricity into the UW electrical system. The UW smart grid project monitors how much power is generated every ...

  • Posted Dec. 2, 2015
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82 kW Rooftop Array: Stetson-Sawyer Library

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Solar City (MD)

The new solar array installed on the roof of Sawyer Library is connected to the power grid after the building closes. Workers are putting the final connections in place this ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2015
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41 kW Solar Arrays: '66 Environmental Center

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Solar City (MD)

The building program maximizes the use of space, minimizes energy and water demand, and uses on-site solar energy and rooftop water collection to produce 100% of the energy and water ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2015
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36 kW Solar Canopy: Chuck and Polly Longsworth Arts Center

  • Hampshire College (MA)

A 36 kW array atop Hampshire's Chuck and Polly Longsworth Arts Center has been helping to reduce Hampshire's carbon footprint since 2010.

  • Posted Oct. 21, 2015
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63 kW Rooftop Array: Edberg-Olson Hall

  • Temple University (PA)
  • Community Energy, Inc. (PA)

Completed in December 2013, the 4,500 SF, 63-kilowatt solar array installed on the south-facing roof of Temple's Edberg-Olson Hall is the first solar project of its kind at ...

  • Posted Sept. 9, 2015
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1.2 MW Rooftop Solar System

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)
  • AECOM (CO)
  • REC Solar (CA)

This project consists of three separate systems on the Performing Arts building, the Kinesiology & Health Sciences building and on a parking structure.

  • Posted July 30, 2015
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83 kW Rooftop Array: One Stop Center Building

  • Kauai Community College (HI)
  • REC Solar (CA)

REC Solar designed and installed an 83.25 kW roof-mounted system for the One Stop Center building at the Kauai Community College that produces approximately 125,000 kWh annually. The ...

  • Posted July 30, 2015
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545 kW Rooftop Array: Recreation Center

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting. PV Panel Type: (1,786) Trina 305 watt Inverter Type: (19) Advanced Energy 23 (18), 20 (1) kW

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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220 kW Rooftop Array: Veterinary Teaching Hospital

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting.Veterinary Teaching Hospital. PV Panel Type: (722) Trina 305 watt Inverter Type: (8) SMA 24(6), 20(2) kW

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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139 kW Rooftop Array: Parmalee Hall

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting on flat roof (12 deg) & Direct Mounting on Tilt portion (20 deg).Parmalee Hall. PV Panel Type: (456) Trina 305 watts Inverter Type: (5) Advanced Energy 23 ...

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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100 kW Rooftop Array: Braiden Hall

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting on flat roof (12 deg) & Direct Mounting on Tilt portion (20 deg). PV Panel Type: (392) ReneSola 255 watt Inverter Type: (5) Advanced Energy 23 (2), 16 ...

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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99 kW Rooftop Array: University Center for the Arts

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting.University Center for the Arts. PV Panel Type: (323) Trina 305 watt Inverter Type: (4) SMA 24(1), 20(3) kW

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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92 kW Rooftop Array: Edwards Hall

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting.Edwards Hall. PV Panel Type: (301) Trina 305 watt Inverter Type: (4) SMA 24(1), 20(2), 15(1) kW

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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1.2 MW - 4 Solar Installations

  • Bowdoin College (ME)
  • SolarCity

Bowdoin's 1.2 megawatt solar power complex includes approximately 4,420 solar panels at four major installations: rooftop systems on Farley Field House, the Sidney J. Watson Arena, and ...

  • Posted July 1, 2015
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Biogas systems with anaerobic digestion for sustainability education and and research renewable energy production

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Biogas program consists of three anaerobic digestion facilities that divert organic wastes from landfills, destroy methane gas, generate electrical and thermal energy, and produce quality ...

  • Posted June 19, 2015
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The University of Iowa Dedicated Energy Crop Project - Applying The Triple Bottom Line To Biomass Fuel Production

  • University of Iowa (IA)

The University of Iowa (UI) has adopted an institutional goal to convert 40 percent of its energy portfolio to renewable energy by or before 2020. Central to this effort is ...

  • Posted June 19, 2015
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LED Lighting in New York University's Student Center

  • New York University (NY)

This past year, New York University undertook a lighting project in the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life, resulting in a 100% LED fitted building. This project reduced ...

  • Posted June 19, 2015
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Reducing UMKC Energy Consumption Using Occupancy Sensors

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City (MO)

As part of a class sustainability project, Ms. Harrell conducted an energy consumption Cost Benefit Analysis of four older buildings on the University of Missouri Kansas City Volker Campus. She ...

  • Posted June 19, 2015
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Prioritizing Energy Conservation and Efficiency with the Help of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

  • University of Rochester (NY)

The University of Rochester has many competing demands for funding. Unfortunately, energy conservation projects often fall to the bottom of the priority list. By designating a point-person within the University ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Creative Renewable Energy Solutions

  • Skidmore College (NY)

Skidmore College completed two complementary, innovative renewable energy projects in 2015. With encouragement from the campus community, along with favorable remote net metering regulations and New York State incentives, the ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Capital Partners Solar Project

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Capital Partners Solar Project (CPSP) is a solar energy project contracted by the George Washington University (GW), American University (AU), and the George Washington University Hospital (GWUH). Comprised of 52 ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Beyond Campus Roofs: Solar for the Community

  • University of Utah (UT)

U Community Solar is an innovative program to give the University of Utah a local, tangible way to offset its carbon footprint over the next 20 years. The one-time program ...

  • Posted June 10, 2015
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Powerz - Garden Your Campus @ NTU

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • ENGIE (CA)

The Energy Research Institute (ERI@N) and ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez), a leader in energy services and solutions, launched a large-scale pilot project, called POWERZ, on the NTU Campus.

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  • Posted June 10, 2015
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An Integrated Approach to Energy and Climate Planning

  • Sheridan College (Ontario) (ON)

In 2010, Sheridan's Office for Sustainability recommended that the institution undertake strategic planning to examine the long-term economic and environmental risks surrounding energy use at Sheridan. Sheridan's executive ...


Stanford reduces campus greenhouse gas emissions by 68% in 2015

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) program is a new district heating, cooling, and electricity system designed to meet the current and future energy needs of Stanford University in a sustainable ...


Solar Hot Air Heaters

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The project outfitted Property Surplus building at the NAU Flagstaff campus with six solar heating panels. These six panels provide over 40,000 BTUs/hr. (or 12 kWh) of renewable ...


Vanderbilt University Power Plant Conversion

  • Vanderbilt University (TN)

Vanderbilt University's on-campus co-generation, dual fuel power plant was recently converted from using coal and natural gas to exclusively natural gas. The plant produces 23% of the University's ...


Clean Energy Campus Campaign Pilot Testing and Development

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Climate Neutral Business Network (OR)

For the past 4 years, Ball State University has worked with partner organizations to pilot the development and use of a Clean Energy Campus Campaign methodology whereby colleges and universities ...


24 kW Solar Array: Sunshades

  • Oakton Community College (IL)

This projected was funded with assistance from the Illinois Green Economy Network.

  • Posted May 7, 2015
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Green Living Certification: Rewarding Residents for Environmentally Friendly Lifestyles

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The Green Living Certification certifies and rewards residents living in on-campus residential buildings for making day-to-day choices that reduce their environmental footprint. Residents fill out an online survey that calculates ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2014
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43 kW Rooftop Array: Business/School of Public and Environmental Affairs Building

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

The solar photovoltaic panels atop the Business/School of Public and Environmental Affairs building generate 43 kilowatts of electricity a day, an amount that would supply the daily electricity needs ...

  • Posted July 2, 2014
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22 kW Rooftop Array: Powerhouse Energy Campus

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The Colorado State University Powerhouse Energy Campus is located near the heart of downtown Fort Collins. The 100,000 square-foot Powerhouse Energy Campus consists of two parts; the CSU Engines ...

  • Posted June 2, 2014
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56 kW Rooftop Array: Medford Higher Education Center

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Advanced Energy Systems completed a 55.825 kW solar electric system for the Southern Oregon University, Medford Higher Education Center in 2009. The array consists of 319 SolarWorld 175 watt ...

  • Posted April 23, 2014
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Collaborative thermal heating conservation project at the College of the Holy Cross

  • College of the Holy Cross (MA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

The College of the Holy Cross's Student Government Association (SGA), Environmental Liaison program, and Physical Plant department developed a comprehensive program to reduce the common practice of opening windows ...

  • Posted April 11, 2014
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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.

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Energy Partners

Legrand North America, LLC

Carlsbad, CA
Business Leader
Legrand Building Control Systems provides digital lighting controls, shading and remote services.

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

AMP Green Solutions, LLC

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
AMP Green Solutions exists to solve the critical sustainability and climate change issues facing our clients, both large and small. We provide a broad range of services and solutions to help organizations facilitate change and achieve their vision.

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.

Ecomedes

San Francisco, CA
Business Affiliate
Save money, watts and water for your buildings with the world's largest sustainable product catalog!

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

GreenerU

Waltham, MA
Business Affiliate

GridMarket

New York, NY
Business Affiliate
GridMarket is an energy consumer advocate and Distributed Energy Resources project facilitation platform.

Schneider Electric

Carrollton, TX
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.