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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4 kW Rooftop Array: Innovation Center

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • Third Sun Solar (OH)

The first solar system installed at Ohio University was incorporated into the roof at the Innovation Center on West State Street, which opened in July 2003. The 4-kilowatt system makes ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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4 kW Rooftop Array: Natural Science, Mathematics and College of Education Building

  • St. Petersburg College (FL)

St. Petersburg College installed its first photovoltaic system on the Clearwater campus in March 2010. The system generates power for the electrical grid, and is installed on the roof of ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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4 kW Rooftop Array: Agriculture Extension Building

  • Utah State University (UT)

This 4.3 kilowatt solar installation on the rooftop of USU’s Agricultural Extension building is part of a larger preservation effort by the County. The project will provide educational ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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3 kW Ground Mount Array: Frey Hall

  • Messiah College (PA)

A team of Messiah students spent designed a 3KW photovoltaic (PV) system. Solar Scholars installed the system behind Frey Hall in the spring semester of 2008 with Wohlsen Construction and ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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3 kW Ground Mount: E3 House

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Sundance Power Systems Inc (NC)

The ASU E3 House is a prototypical dwelling designed and constructed for use in remote or disaster relief situations where electricity and access to public sanitation are unavailable. Originally built ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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3 kW Ground Mount Arrays - 3 Installations

  • Bucknell University (PA)

In August, 2006 Bucknell hosted its first Solar Scholars workshop resulting in the installation of a 2.5 kilowatt solar array, which now serves as a power source for the ...

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3 kW Rooftop Array: Smart Home

  • Duke University (NC)

At the Smart Home, there is an array of 18, 160 watt photovoltaic panels which creates a ~3kW solar power station. The energy generated by the panels is connected to ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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3 kW Rooftop Array: Dennis Hall

  • Earlham College (IN)

Green Science Group collaborates with Physics, Computer Science and Environmental Science on environmental projects. They have been responsible for a solar array and grid-tie system in Dennis Hall.

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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3 kW Rooftop Array: Youngchild Hall

  • Lawrence University (WI)

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and in conjunction with its two-year Green Roots initiative, Lawrence University installed the campus’ first solar panel on the roof of ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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3 kW Rooftop Arrays: West Green Chilled Water Plant and Chubb Hall

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • Third Sun Solar (OH)

The University commissioned a 2.4-kilowatt PV system at the West Green District Chilled Water Plant. The system consists of an awning-mounted array of 48 50-watt PV panels donated by ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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3 kW Rooftop Array: Library

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)

St. Mary's College of Maryland has a 3kW solar photovoltaic array on the roof of the College’s library.

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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3 kW Canopy Array: Tennis Courts Walkway

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

A photovoltaic array has been installed on a popular walkway adjacent to the campus tennis courts. The 2.9-kilowatt system slowly adjusts position to track the sun as it moves ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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2 kW Solar Wall Mount

  • 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

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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2 kW Pole Mount: Biofuels Facility on Ayers Lane

  • 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 ...

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2 kW Rooftop Array: Kerr Scott Hall

  • 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 ...

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2 kW Solar Farm

  • 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 Aug. 11, 2011
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2 kW Rooftop Array: Campus Crossings at Briarcliff

  • 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 ...

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2 kW Rooftop Demonstration: WISE Center

  • 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

  • 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 ...

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2 kW Ground Mount Array: Community Education and Wellness Center

  • 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 ...

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2 kW Rooftop Array

  • Roger Williams University (RI)

Roof, fixed array. Inverter Type: SMA SB2500U

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2 kW Solar Laboratory

  • 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 ...

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2 kW Rooftop Array

  • 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

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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2 kW Rooftop Array: Viking Union

  • 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 Aug. 11, 2011
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1 kW Rooftop Array: Alumni Building

  • 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 Aug. 11, 2011
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1 kW Ground Mount: Few and Evans Residence Halls

  • 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 Aug. 11, 2011
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1 kW Rooftop Array: Withey Hall

  • 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.

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1 kW Rooftop Array: Farrell House

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 June 24, 2011
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Centennial Solar Panel System

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

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 ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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The College of William and Mary Carbon Offset Program

  • 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 ...

  • Posted June 21, 2011
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Biomass at Colorado State University: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

  • 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 June 16, 2011
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Behavior Matters—A Business Case for Behavior-Based Conservation Programs

  • 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 ...

  • Posted June 14, 2011
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13 kW Solar Arrays

  • 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 Jan. 1, 2011
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2 kW Rooftop Array: Fed Hall

  • 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 Jan. 1, 2011
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Development of a Budget Neutral Comprehensive Green and Deferred Maintenance Program at the University of Central Missouri

  • 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 ...


Achieving GHG Reductions of 30% or More Through Facilities Asset Management At the Harvard School of Public Health

  • 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 ...


Safely Achievable Reductions in Exhaust Fan Energy for Laboratory Buildings at UC Irvine

  • 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 ...


The University of Minnesota's Power Police Project: Philosophy, Psychology and Power Strips

  • 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 ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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Building a Green Data Center at Syracuse University

  • 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 June 30, 2010
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Phillips Brooks House Student Weatherization Project

  • 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 June 30, 2010
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Friday Night Lights: Social Networking Meets Energy Savings

  • 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 ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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Cornell University Moves Beyond Coal

  • 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 ...

  • Posted June 29, 2010
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Student Residents Save Energy at LSU

  • 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 ...

  • Posted June 28, 2010
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Advanced Photovoltaic Educational Laboratory at Milwaukee Area Technical College

  • 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 June 25, 2010
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Integrating Teaching, Research and Operational Sustainability: Utilization of Bio-Energy at UNBC, Canada's Green University

  • 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 June 24, 2010
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Implementing Large Scale Solar in the Land of Cheap Coal

  • 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 June 23, 2010
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Helping Small Businesses near Anderson University, SC

  • 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 June 23, 2010
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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

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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.

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