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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The Economics of Sustainability: Using Microeconomic Principles to Teach Sustainability Membership Required

  • Aquinas College (MI)

As a means to support a sustainable business program at Aquinas College, principles of microeconomics courses take on a unique sustainability focus. Here the concepts of consumption and production are ...

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Go Beyond Offsetting by Onsetting Carbon Consciousness Membership Required

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

This poster will describe the pros and cons of Carbon Onsetting and explain onsetting as an alternative system that allows greater student engagement and can support meaningful sustainability projects. It ...

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Leveraging Portfolio Manager and ENERGY STAR on Campus Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Portfolio Manager and ENERGY STAR remain largely untapped resources in the higher education sector. Come to this session to learn about how some leading edge schools are capitalizing on our ...

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Edinboro University Green Initiatives Membership Required

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)

In the past decade Edinboro University has made sustainability a hallmark of its facilities management. This poster summarizes EU's projects including a solar array, use of passive solar architecture ...

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Solar Best Practices: Onsite vs. Offsite and Leveraging Energy Information Software and Energy Storage for Optimal Savings Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

Universities and colleges are often limited in their ability to implement large-scale solar projects due to space constraints on campus. To solve this challenge, some academic institutions are turning to ...

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Setting the World Aflame: Town-Gown Collaboration through Solar Spring Break Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

UC Berkeley partners with GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break to engage students during spring break in the installation of solar panels for underrepresented communities. This partnership provides communities with access ...

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Implementing a LED Lighting Program Across a Major University Campus Membership Required

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Pearl Street LED Lighting Systems (NJ)

Princeton University has begun the execution of a program to convert their entire campus to LED lighting. This lighting efficiency program is in support of the Universities sustainability initiatives and ...

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Renewable Energy for Colleges: Onsite and Virtual Solar Solutions Membership Required

  • NRG Energy, Inc (CA)

Procuring renewable energy is expanding beyond its obvious value as the environmentally responsible thing to do; now it's increasingly becoming an economically viable option, as well. Colleges and universities ...

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Creating a culture of operational visibility: the data-driven future of campus operations Membership Required

  • Lucid (CA)

Join us to discuss how, by implementing cost-effective energy-efficiency measures, many colleges and universities have the potential to cut their energy bills by 30% or more. Yet campus sustainability practitioners ...

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From 'What if?' to 'What's next?' Membership Required

  • United States Department of Energy

Inspired by the power of asking 'what if', the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project (www.ornl.gov/amie) showcases an innovation platform to develop, integrate, and demonstrate energy solutions ...

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Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems: National Science Foundation (NSF) Initiative to Examine Critical Issues in Today's World Membership Required

  • National Science Foundation

At the end of 2015, the NSF put out its first request for proposals for the INFEWS program. Over the next five years the program plans to fund interdisciplinary projects ...

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White Paper: Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments Membership Required

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

The Intentional Endowments Network's new report titled “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments” was designed to encourage conversation about the financial and societal benefits of clean energy investments ...

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Obama, Bill Gates to lead major effort to spur spending on climate research Membership Required

  • The Washington Post (DC)

This article describes the launch of two separate initiatives to invest billions of dollars in clean energy research and development. "Mission Innovation” is a commitment by countries - including United States ...

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Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016 Membership Required

  • United Nations Environment Programme

This report tracks private and public investments in renewable energy, including research and development funding. Key findings in relation to R&D funding include:

  • Research and development spending on renewable energy ...
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Certificate of Specialization in Energy and Clean Technology Law

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

JD and LLM (traditional track) students are eligible to earn this certificate, which encourages students to develop a broad background in fundamental areas of the law while receiving advanced training ...

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Promoting energy efficiency in a South African university Membership Required

  • University of Johannesburg (Gauteng)

Electricity supply issues have resulted in widespread blackouts and increased utility costs in South Africa. This is placing financial pressure on universities as they have limited means of increasing their ...

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Report: Options for Achieving a Carbon Neutral Campus by 2035 Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

Created by the Senior Leaders Climate Action Group at Cornell University to better inform decision-making on reaching carbon neutrality by 2035. The report focuses on cost-benefit analysis of solutions to ...

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Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer Performance and Energy Use Tests Membership Required

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

During fall 2015 and winter 2016, staff and students from the University of California , Riverside Office of Sustainability evaluated three energy efficient Ultra Low Temperature Freezers. This study tested the ...

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Professional Master’s Degree in Energy & Environment

  • Boston University (MA)

The professional master’s degree in Energy & Environment provides a professional training degree for the student with an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities ...

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SCI - Waste - UCCS Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)
  • Waste Management (TX)

Students volunteer at the annual Mt. Trashmore event. This event provides a visual display of a day's worth of campus trash, which is then sorted to determine how much ...

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Sustainability Photos from Colorado State University Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)
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Energy Efficient Residence Hall Membership Required

  • Unity College (ME)

Unity College completed a new two-story, 18,200-square-foot, 76-bed residence hall in August 2016. The ADA-compliant building houses incoming freshmen and features multiple common spaces for group studying, private bathrooms ...

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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry sustainability and research photos Membership Required

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

ESF is unique among colleges and universities in that all educational and research programs are oriented toward natural resources, and toward the natural and designed environments. All that ESF is ...

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Cornell University Energy & Engagement Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)
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Arizona State University's Help Center Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The ASU Help Center provides support to students, faculty and staff sustainably due to ASU’s Green Purchasing Policy. The Help Center uses personal computers that meet the IEEE 1680 ...

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Center Renewable Energy System plant Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The picture highlights the main plant of CRES project.

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American University SCI Photos Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
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Furnace Brook Center Smart Home Laboratory Membership Required

  • Onondaga Community College (NY)

Onondaga Community College has created a smart home laboratory at the College's Furnace Brook Center with the help of a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy ...

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Summer 2016 - St. John's University upgraded 41,000 lamps and 6,000 fixtures to LED Membership Required

  • St. John's University, New York (NY)

In Summer 2016, St. John's University invested $1.4 million to upgrade 41,000 lamps and 6,000 light fixtures to LED technology. Highlights of the project include:

  1. Utility ...
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Draft Horses on the Farm Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production Gwilym Walker ' 17 drives draft horses on the college farm.

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Renewable Energy Projects at UC Santa Cruz Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

At the University of California, Santa Cruz, a cross-disciplinary group of engineering undergraduates--the "Green Wharf Renewable Energy Project" team--shows off its senior capstone design project, a low-impact marine microgrid energy ...

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Energy Initiatives at Mohawk College Membership Required

  • Mohawk College (ON)

Applied wind and solar energy projects at the Fennell Campus of Mohawk College support teaching, learning and research on campus.

PV Solar panels on the roof of the David Braley ...

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The Learning Exchange Membership Required

  • Mohawk College (ON)

The Learning Exchange is LEED® Gold Certified, incorporating technologies that reduce the building’s overall energy consumption. Building systems are exposed to create a living lab for Engineering Technology students ...

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Mohawk Energy Research Centre Membership Required

  • Mohawk College (ON)

An Engineering Technology student monitors a solar panel as part of the Mohawk Energy Research Centre (MERC).

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Peacock Hall photovoltaic array Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University currently has 17 renewable energy projects on or near campus, with plans to double the amount of energy generated by renewables in the near future.

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute Campus Conservation Nationals Flyers Membership Required

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)
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Writing Solar Requests for Proposals (RFPs): Lessons from NREL’s University PV Implementation Assistance Program Membership Required

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

With funding from the Department of Energy’s SunShot program, NREL is assisting higher education institutions with solar PV procurement. Universities issue RFPs as a way to get competitive bids ...

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Supporting Solar Energy through a Student-Financed Renewable Energy Initiative Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The "Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development" case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

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Public College Foundation Investment in Solar Membership Required

  • Wake Technical Community College (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

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Third-Party, Supporter-Financed Campus Solar: An Approach and a Partnership that Works Membership Required

  • Luther College (IA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

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Appalachian State University students have a hands-on sustainability experience Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University’s leadership in sustainability education can be traced back to more than 25 years. The university houses the nation’s longest running Sustainable Development Program (est. 1991 ...

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute Building Energy Dashboard Membership Required

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)
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SUNY Polytechnic Institute Sustainability Path Membership Required

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)

Solar PV and small wind turbine demonstration project funded by SUNY Small Grant Sustainability Fund

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NC State Students Champion Solar Installation Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

In 2016, the Park Scholarships program celebrates its 20th year. Each class of Park Scholars chooses a legacy gift to leave the university, and the Class of 2015 chose to ...

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Solar field and rooftop installations at the David Ames Clock Farm at Stonehill College Membership Required

  • Stonehill College (MA)

The 15 acre solar field and two rooftop installations include 9,625 panels with a combined production of 3.384 million kWh per year, which covers 20% of Stonehill’s ...

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Ball State University Campus-Wide Clean Energy Efficiency Geothermal Project Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)

The system implementation demonstrates that geothermal energy coupled with ground source heat pump technology can be used on a large-scale district distribution system.

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Tour of Residence Hall Rooftop Solar Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

Sustainability Office staff and interns touring new rooftop solar thermal system.

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Ecoroof Management Plan Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Broadway Residence Hall at Portland State University received LEED Silver certification in 2004,with a combination of sustainable construction practices and green building features, including a 18,000 square ...

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Cal State LA Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility (H2 Station) Membership Required

  • California State University, Los Angeles (CA)

The California State University, Los Angeles Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility (H2 Station) opened on May 7, 2014. The station is capable of producing hydrogen onsite from 100% renewable energy ...

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Stanford's Building Sustainability Rating System Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford's building sustainability rating system recognizes buildings that are meeting their performance targets and motivates occupants to reduce their environmental footprint to improve their building's performance score.

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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

Boston, MA
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