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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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:

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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.

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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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Installation of Coiled Heat Exchange at Miami University Membership Required

  • Miami University (OH)

Miami University’s new stormwater installation combines stormwater treatment and management, geothermal heating and cooling, energy reduction and water conservation. Through this system, rainwater is collected, slowed, cooled and cleaned ...

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Business Instructional Facility Solar Array at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
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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.

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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 ...


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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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