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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2 kW Solar Wall Mount Membership Required

  • City Colleges of Chicago, Wilbur Wright College (IL)

Parking garage facade. Installed in Jul. 2007. PV Panel Type: Sharp NT180 Inverter Type: Sunny Boy SWR 1800U

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2 kW Pole Mount: Biofuels Facility on Ayers Lane Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Collaborative Biodiesel Project is a student-led initiative at Appalachian State University and was funded by the EPA P3 Award: "Student Design Competition for Sustainability" and the ASU Renewable Energy ...

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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2 kW Rooftop Array: Kerr Scott Hall Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Two graduate students in Appalachian State’s Technology program installed this grid-tie system in 2007. Along with the building’s vegetative roof, the photovoltaic array provides students with research and ...

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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2 kW Solar Farm Membership Required

  • Austin Peay State University (TN)

The new solar array converts energy from the sun into electricity to power a nearby classroom on the site. Any excess energy produced goes to Clarksville Department of Electricity and ...

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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2 kW Rooftop Array: Campus Crossings at Briarcliff Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

An array of ten Schuco Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules has been installed on the roof of Campus Crossings at Briarcliff in Atlanta, Georgia. The solar panels will help power the ...

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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2 kW Rooftop Demonstration: WISE Center Membership Required

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

The Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF) is an energy-efficient, completely off-grid, "green" building energized by sun and wind power. The project added technical knowledge and experience in design and construction ...

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2 kW Ground Mount Array: Ecohouse Membership Required

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • Dovetail Solar & Wind (OH)

The solar array at the OHIO Ecohouse was installed by Dovetail Solar & Wind and is a 2.4 kilo-watt system. It is a grid-tied photovoltaic array; which means that ...

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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2 kW Ground Mount Array: Community Education and Wellness Center Membership Required

  • Owens Community College (OH)

The 1.7-kilowat solar array will feature eight panels and be used for hands-on learning as well as to convert sunlight into electricity for regular operational purposes within the Community ...

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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2 kW Rooftop Array Membership Required

  • Roger Williams University (RI)

Roof, fixed array. Inverter Type: SMA SB2500U

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2 kW Solar Laboratory Membership Required

  • St. Thomas University (FL)

The project was proposedby Dr. Alberto J. Varela, Associate Professor in the School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management. Dr. Varela wanted to create a Solar Station at STU as ...

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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2 kW Rooftop Array Membership Required

  • University of Rhode Island (RI)

Location: 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI Array Size: 2 kW

of Modules: 8 (300 Watts each)

Module Manufacturer: ASE Americas

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2 kW Rooftop Array: Viking Union Membership Required

  • Western Washington University (WA)

A 2 kWh array at Viking Union Array, visible from the PAC Plaza. This array was donated by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and WWU Facilities Management. A kiosk inside the ...

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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1 kW Rooftop Array: Alumni Building Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)

The installation of the one kilowatt-hour photovoltaic array will convert sunlight to electricity and support a portion of the electrical needs of the building. The idea for a solar panel ...

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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1 kW Ground Mount: Few and Evans Residence Halls Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)
  • Gilbane (RI)

The University operates a small solar demonstration unit at Few and Evans residential halls — six panels that power a pump that helps bring reclaimed storm water back into the building ...

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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1 kW Rooftop Array: Withey Hall Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

In 2010, four underutilized 120-watt panels were installed on the roof of Withey Hall. The PV panels now produce electricity and feed a battery bank to power the greenhouse.

  • Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
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1 kW Rooftop Array: Farrell House Membership Required

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Roof (Farrell House). PV Panel Type: (10) PV panels Inverter Type: Xantrex/ Trace 1500 watt inverter

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1 kW Rooftop Array: Saunders Hall Membership Required

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

Saunders Hall is home to the first renewable energy testbed functioning on a Manoa campus rooftop, courtesy of donations and logistical assistance from Hawai'i Energy Connnection, Enphase Energy, and ...

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1 kW Rooftop Array: Olin Library Membership Required

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Roof (1): Olin Library/ 1.02 kW.2006: A little less than half of the costs were paid by the Committee on Environmental Quality. The Department of Facilities, Planning, and ...

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Getting to Net- Zero Energy: Lessons Learned from a Living Building Challenge Membership Required

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

In 2008, Washington University in St. Louis committed to the construction of a new building at its environmental field station, Tyson Research Center. This project, the Living Learning Center (LLC ...

  • Posted 6 years, 4 months ago
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Centennial Solar Panel System Membership Required

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

The Centennial Solar Panel System (CSPS), a 17 kW solar photovoltaic array at Northwestern University, is a partner project between Engineers for a Sustainable World and the Northwestern Sustainability Fund ...

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The College of William and Mary Carbon Offset Program Membership Required

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

William and Mary has developed an in-house carbon offset program that provides full transparency. Energy-reducing capital projects, such as HVAC upgrades, were identified and offset prices were determined by calculating ...

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Biomass at Colorado State University: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

In 2009, Colorado State University and the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) partnered to build a biomass heating plant on the University's Foothills Campus. This facility burns wood chips ...

  • Posted 6 years, 5 months ago
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Behavior Matters—A Business Case for Behavior-Based Conservation Programs Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

The link between energy retrofits and cost savings is well established, but occupants are often unaware of "behind the scenes" improvements. How can universities educate building occupants to optimize efficiency ...

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13 kW Solar Arrays Membership Required

  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (NM)

Nine commercial renewable energy systems have been selected both to meet energy needs on the campus and to be serving the objects of practical study in the laboratory portions of ...

  • Posted 6 years, 10 months ago
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2 kW Rooftop Array: Fed Hall Membership Required

  • University of Waterloo (ON)

This 36-panel array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels was installed on the roof of Fed Hall, the largest student-run pub in North America. In January 2004, the solar array went ...

  • Posted 6 years, 10 months ago
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Development of a Budget Neutral Comprehensive Green and Deferred Maintenance Program at the University of Central Missouri Membership Required

  • University of Central Missouri (MO)
  • Trane (TX)

In 2007, Dr. Betty Roberts, VP for Administration and Finance, began seeking opportunities to save money on rising energy bills while addressing much-needed building and infrastructure improvements. After extensive research ...

  • Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
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Achieving GHG Reductions of 30% or More Through Facilities Asset Management At the Harvard School of Public Health Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

Harvard School of Public Health (HPSH) has an innovative approach to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and sustainability based on integrated facilities asset management. This program enables HSPH to holistically manage ...

  • Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
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Safely Achievable Reductions in Exhaust Fan Energy for Laboratory Buildings at UC Irvine Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Generally accepted engineering practices use 3500 fpm flow rates for laboratory exhaust stack design. Due to the variable nature of exhaust flow from laboratories, and the need for constant air ...

  • Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
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The University of Minnesota's Power Police Project: Philosophy, Psychology and Power Strips Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MN)

Power Police student volunteers help campus office workers save power - especially the "vampire" power that electronic devices draw even when they're turned off. Volunteers make simple changes to offices ...

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Building a Green Data Center at Syracuse University Membership Required

  • Syracuse University (NY)

Syracuse University, in partnership with IBM and New York State, built a Green Data Center (GDC) last year which is designed to use about 50 percent less energy than a ...

  • Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
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Phillips Brooks House Student Weatherization Project Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

On May 2nd, more than 50 Harvard students took a break from studying for finals and picked up caulk guns to help improve the energy efficiency of the Phillips Brooks ...

  • Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
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Friday Night Lights: Social Networking Meets Energy Savings Membership Required

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

Students gathered every Friday evening at 6:30pm at the Union. They armed themselves with clipboards and checklists, and divided into teams. Lights left on in classrooms and hallways in ...

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Cornell University Moves Beyond Coal Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

One of the biggest roadblocks on the climate neutrality pathway is coal. Approximately 50% of our nation's electricity comes from coal. In 2008, 13,000 tons of coal was ...

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Student Residents Save Energy at LSU Membership Required

  • Louisiana State University (LA)

Sponsored by the LSU College of Engineering, UNPLUG sought to promote an understanding throughout the LSU on-campus community of what energy conservation entails. The goal was to empower students to ...

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Advanced Photovoltaic Educational Laboratory at Milwaukee Area Technical College Membership Required

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI)

While originally focusing on reducing MATC's carbon footprint, the Photovoltaic Educational Laboratory has evolved into the Midwest's largest photovoltaic installation, generating 511 kWh DC and also serves as ...

  • Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
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Integrating Teaching, Research and Operational Sustainability: Utilization of Bio-Energy at UNBC, Canada's Green University Membership Required

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

In Spring 2009, UNBC installed Canada's first university owned wood pellet heating system. The project showcases the use of bio-energy as a sustainable, carbon-neutral energy source. UNBC's wood ...

  • Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
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Implementing Large Scale Solar in the Land of Cheap Coal Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Colorado State University is home to one of the largest solar plants on a U.S. university campus. The fact that Colorado State has been able to expand renewable energy ...

  • Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
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Helping Small Businesses near Anderson University, SC Membership Required

  • Anderson University (SC)

Anderson University's SIFE team partnered with the local Sam's Club to help business members in efforts to help their facilities become environmentally friendly. We performed energy audits at ...

  • Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
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WinterBlitz: Williams College students Weatherize Low-income Homes in the Local Community Membership Required

  • Williams College (MA)

For the past 2 years, Williams College students and community volunteers have weatherized a total of over 75 homes in 3 towns near Williams College during a one-day event in ...

  • Posted 7 years, 5 months ago
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Installing Occupancy Sensors at Missouri State University Residence Life and Services Membership Required

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Residence Life and Services at Missouri State University received a grant from City Utilities of Springfield, MO to install occupancy sensors on all lights in community and public restrooms, common ...

  • Posted 7 years, 5 months ago
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Student Activism Leads the Way to Clean Energy at Green Mountain College Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

On April 22, 2010, Green Mountain College opened a new biomass facility to replace the power station that previously burned number six fuel oil. This new facility will reduce greenhouse ...

  • Posted 7 years, 5 months ago
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UO vs OSU Energy Civil War Membership Required

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The University of Oregon (UO) and Oregon State University (OSU) staged a human-powered energy generation contest to see which school could produce the most energy from their Recreation Centers' ReCardio ...

  • Posted 7 years, 5 months ago
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Holiday Energy Turn Down Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

During the 2009-2010 Winter Holiday break Emory University conducted a campaign to reduce energy consumption by turning down the HVAC for a total of six days in 15 buildings. These ...

  • Posted 7 years, 5 months ago
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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, 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