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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Harnessing the Power of Solar Membership Required

  • University of California, Merced (CA)

The Science and Engineering Building 2 features solar panels on the outside to help power the building and provide shade during the hottest months.

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UOIT Borehole Thermal Energy Storage System Membership Required

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (ON)

Located underneath the Campus Polonsky Commons shown here is the second largest geothermal well system in North America. The system serves all north campus buildings and is made up of ...

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Spartan Treasure Hunt Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

In these photos, Michigan State University facilities employees observe equipment while participating in a Spartan Treasure Hunt.

  • Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
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Furman's CCC weatherizes it's 100th home Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

The Community Conservation Corps (CCC), coordinated by Furman's David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, partners with a local utility company and Habitat for Humanity to provide needed home weatherization ...

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Solar Energy on Campus - Part I: Renewable Energy Usage Claims Membership Required

  • Center for Resource Solutions (CA)

This report describes renewable energy certificates (RECs), why they are important, and what kinds of statements can be made depending on who owns them.

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AAS in Sustainability Technologies

  • Cape Fear Community College (NC)

The Sustainability Technologies program is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of the new energy economy. The program’s three focus areas – Sustainability, Renewable Energy, and Buildings – overlap ...

  • Posted 8 months ago
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AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology - Sustainable Energy Systems

  • Gateway Technical College (WI)

Students learn the foundation of “green” electrical systems. They can perform system maintenance and repair of solar photovoltaic systems. Hands-on lab-based learning is incorporated into all course work. Study areas ...

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Master of Science in Energy Systems Management

  • University of San Francisco (CA)

The Master of Science in Energy Systems Management is designed for people seeking the skills and knowledge to work in the fast changing world of electrical generation, distribution, conservation, and ...

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Implementation Model: Tying Energy Costs to Building Occupants Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • United States Department of Energy

UC Berkeley's Energy Management Initiative (EMI) targets building occupants through building surveys and energy dashboards, and allocates energy cost responsibility to individual campus operating units to achieve savings of ...

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Interdepartmental Undergraduate Minor in Energy

  • Ball State University (IN)

This interdepartmental minor gives students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the development, use, and conservation of energy. Students may focus on solar and alternative energy systems, energy policy ...

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Economic feasibility of campus-wide photovoltaic systems in New England Membership Required

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Compared to the national average residential retail electricity price, Connecticut (CT) had the 4th highest electricity price in the country with 19.23 cents/kWh in September 2015, nearly 50 ...

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Northern Arizona University Energy Mentor Program Membership Required

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This is a how-to guide for higher education institutions who wish to carry out behavior based energy conservation programs. The guide is based on a program that has been implemented ...

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Achieving Carbon Neutrality at UCSB by 2025: A Critical Analysis of Technological and Financial Strategies Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In 2013, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano established the Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI), a commitment to eliminate all Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2025. As one ...

  • Posted 9 months ago
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Icebox Detox Challenge Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Icebox Detox Challenge addresses environmental stewardship activities by promoting an environment where laboratories have an accurate inventory of all biological samples at ASU. This innovative approach allows researchers to ...

  • Posted 9 months ago
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Campus Environmental Resource Center (CampusERC) Membership Required

  • Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (MA)
  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)
  • Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (IN)

The Campus Environmental Resource Center - CampusERC - is a library of resources to support campus environmental performance improvement. Developed collaboratively by NACUBO, C2E2, CSHEMA, APPA and the EPA, the primary audience ...

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Energy Performance of Campus LEED Buildings: Implications for Green Building and Energy Policy Membership Required

  • Ohio State University (OH)

Many university campuses in the United States are working toward their sustainable goals by adopting energy or green building policies, which require Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification ...

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Critical Issues in Facilities Management: Energy Efficiencies Membership Required

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)

Energy Efficiencies is an anthology of 15 chapters and an extensive resource list on topics related to campus energy management and conservation.

Contents:

  • Financing the Future: How Green Revolving Funds ...
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Critical Issues in Facilities Management: Environmental Sustainability Membership Required

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)

Environmental Sustainability is an anthology of 14 chapters and an extensive resource list on topics related to campus sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Contents:

  • Sustainability and Higher Education, A [Hypothetical] Love ...
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The Business Case for Renewable Energy: A Guide for Colleges and Universities Membership Required

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Growing numbers of colleges and universities are making the leap to renewable energy. And some are not only saving money - they’re making money on their renewable energy purchases. This ...

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Reshaping the Education of Energy Managers Membership Required

Newly educated Energy managers will play a key role in the unfolding global transition to renewable energy and sustainability. We describe a new approach to energy management education via a ...

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Solar Energy on Campus: Opportunities and Common Pitfalls in Communicating Renewable Energy Use in Higher Education Membership Required

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)
  • Center for Resource Solutions (CA)

As universities and colleges nationwide green their electricity with solar through onsite generation, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and renewable energy certificate (REC) purchases, these institutions must be clear and accurate ...

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Solar Market Pathways: Solar for Colleges and Universities Toolkit Membership Required

  • United States Department of Energy

This toolkit provides guidance and resources from Solar Market Pathways projects to inform the development and implementation of targeted solar programs and policies for higher education institutions. Specifically, these resources ...

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The value of adding ambient energy feedback to conservation tips and goal-setting in a dormitory Membership Required

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Purpose The majority of research on energy feedback has been conducted in residential households; in this study, the authors aim to examine the effectiveness of similar initiatives in a college ...

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What goes on behind closed doors?: How college dormitory residents change to save energy during a competition-based energy reduction intervention Membership Required

  • University of Southern California (CA)

Purpose The purpose of this paper was to evaluate the impact of a competition-based intervention combining high-resolution electricity feedback, incentives, information and prompts on college dormitory residents’ energy consumption and ...

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AAS Degree in Energy Management

  • Tunxis Community College (CT)

The Applied Associate of Science Degree in Energy Management is a two-year technical training program that prepares students for a career in commercial building energy analysis and energy management.

Students ...

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ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings College Course Materials Package Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The ENERGY STAR college-level course, Introduction to Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Through EPA's ENERGY STAR Program, gives students practical, hands-on experience with commercial building energy efficiency. This course was ...

  • Posted 10 months ago
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Net Impact Energy Efficiency Project Membership Required

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)
  • Net Impact (CA)
  • The Saint Joseph's University Net Impact Undergraduate chapter has been collaborating with R World Energy Solutions—a sustainable energy consultant to business—over the past year in order to ...

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UCSC Climate & Energy Strategy- A Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2025 Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Over the past 18 months, UCSC has been implementing a process to develop a comprehensive Climate and Energy Strategy (CES) to support its goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025 ...

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Community engagement and education on energy and water conservation Membership Required

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Our capstone Sustainability class students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) performed over twenty energy and water audits on local businesses in 2016. Each student was required to write up ...

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Eagles, Education, and Engagement through Green Technology Membership Required

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Alfred State College (ASC) School of Applied Technology and the United States National Arboretum (USNA) have collaborated for over eight years in an innovative partnership that has generated significant measurable ...

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Utility-Scale Solar Farm for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is proud of its sustainability initiatives, and Facilities & Services (F&S) is honored to support the campus wide Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP). The ...

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The Cinnamon Roll Challenge: Promoting Reductions in Energy Consumption Through Energy Dashboards and Behavioral Influence Membership Required

  • Rice University (TX)

With an understanding of buildings as major sources of energy waste, our team set out to reduce student consumption in dorm rooms, the area that we have the most control ...

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Eco-friendly Lighting at the Smith College Museum of Art Membership Required

  • Smith College (MA)

Beginning in 2014, after several years of study and preparation, the Smith College Museum of Art replaced all of the incandescent lights in galleries, classrooms, and other displays with energy-efficient ...

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The Morris Model: Catalyzing Community Resilience, Energy Conservation and Clean Energy Planning and Action Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) has demonstrated a successful planning approach with partners across the state to build climate resilience into the consciousness and planning efforts of the city ...

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Carbon footprint analysis of student behavior for a sustainable university campus in China Membership Required

  • Drexel University (PA)

Sustainable urban design, systems-level organizational planning, and human behavior have all been recognized for their potentially important roles in helping to reduce energy costs and associated environmental impacts, including greenhouse ...

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Hawaii Pacific University Loa Campus: Promoting Energy Efficiency and Conservation in the Office Membership Required

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)

In order to promote sustainability throughout campus and engage in a behavior change process that is both research intensive and action oriented, the Green Office Program of Hawaii Pacific University ...

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UMass Amherst Goes Solar All Over Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

In early 2016, UMass Amherst became the first campus in the UMass System to install a solar parking lot canopy system on its campus. The project, located at the Robsham ...

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Social Impact Solar Membership Required

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

Poverty, inequality, and environmental sustainability are the biggest issues facing humanity today. Located in the richest state in the nation, with the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy programs, Cal ...

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Development of a Novel Food Waste Collection Kiosk and Waste-to-Energy Business Model Membership Required

  • University of Toledo (OH)

The US generates more than 37 million metric tons of food waste each year and over 95% of it is disposed of at US landfills. This paper describes the development ...

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Doubling Energy Efficiency at the University of Michigan by 2030

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)

Approximately 84 million Americans spend their days in colleges, universities, and public or private primary and secondary schools. The commercial building sector, which includes educational institutions, accounts for 18.44 ...

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University of La Verne Sustainability Challenge 2016 Membership Required

  • University of La Verne (CA)

University of La Verne organized a Sustainability Challenge with the theme of electricity conservation in Spring of 2016 to promote sustainability for the campus community at large.

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Development of a Carbon Capital Methodology for use by the Higher Education Community Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)

Over a multiyear period, Ball State University collaborated in the development and piloted the implementation of a new methodology by which colleges and universities can qualify their carbon reduction credits ...

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Serenity "Soul"-ar: A Campus-Community Collaboration in North Philadelphia Membership Required

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Serenity Soular is a campus-community partnership between community leaders in North Philadelphia and a group of faculty and students at Swarthmore College. Committed to keeping the ‘soul’ in sustainability, our ...

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Unifying Campus Efforts in Pursuit of Green Restaurant Certification at UC Irvine's East Food Court Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

UC Irvine's East Food Court became a Certified Green Restaurant on November 5, 2015 and upgraded its certification from 2-Star to 3-Star on April 22, 2016 through significant interdepartmental ...

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SLU Energy Madness Membership Required

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

SLU Energy Madness was a multi-month event involving all residence halls on SLU’s campus. While all residence halls were included, in order to participate each residence hall needed at ...

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UC Cool Campus Challenge Membership Required

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

In the fall of 2015, the Cool Campus Challenge (CCC) engaged nearly 20,000 staff, students and faculty at the University of California (UC) in an online pledge campaign aimed ...

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Art meets sustainability in new mural at Sheridan College Membership Required

  • Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (ON)

On April 27, 2016 Sheridan College unveiled ‘Woven Stories’, a colourful, two-storey public art mural, on the western façade of the Rob Turner Building at its Davis Campus in Brampton ...

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Building Sustainability: A holistic application of sustainable practices in UVA buildings Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Building Sustainability is a comprehensive model to building optimization that utilizes various programs based on the needs of each building. Utilizing the strengths of the Office for Sustainability’s retro-commissioning ...

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Starting with small energy conservation projects leads to huge energy conservation success Membership Required

  • University of Rochester (NY)

The University of Rochester has many competing demands for funding. In the early 2000’s energy projects were managed by individual facilities departments with typically less than $40,000 expended ...

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Renewable Energy at Harvey Mudd: The Design, Construction and Life Cycle Analysis of a Solar-Powered ParaSOL Membership Required

  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)

Colleges across the country are beginning to integrate renewable technologies on their campuses. Privately and publicly funded projects have brought large solar arrays to parking lots and rooftops, but have ...

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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

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.

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
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
Business Affiliate