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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25 kW Pole-Mounted PV Systems Crop and Animal Research and Education Center

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Since 2010, the UMass Amherst Crop and Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield, MA, has been home to a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array. The 106-panel, 25-kilowatt PV is ...

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336 kW Solar Canopies: Robsham Visitor Center

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

In 2015, the university installed three large solar photovoltaic parking canopies at the Robsham Memorial Center for Visitors, which are capable of producing an estimated 330,000 kilowatt hours of ...

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5.5 MW:15,000+ Solar Panels on 5 Buildings & 2 Parking Lots

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

In 2017, UMass Amherst installed over 15,000 photovoltaic panels across campus, providing 5.5 megawatts (DC) of clean electrical power for the campus to use for a heavily discounted ...

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56.1 kW Roof Top Mount Science and Engineering Building

  • College of Lake County (IL)

CLC has 187 solar PV panels (56.1 kW) on its Science and Engineering Building. 5,127 kWh of electricity was produced in 2019.

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540 kW Roof Top Mount: Donald E. Young Center

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center: 540.36 kW DC - 1,422 solar panels

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36 kW Roof Top Mount Facilities Services Building

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Facilities Services Building: 35.64 kW DC - 108 solar panels

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137 kW Roof Top Mount: EY Berry Library-Learning Centers

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Centers: 136.8 kW DC - 360 solar panels

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82 kW Roof Top Mount Life Sciences Building

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Kathryn Johnson Life Sciences Laboratory: 82.1 kW DC - 216 solar panels

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70 kW Roof Top Mount Bordeaux Hall

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

There are approximately 2,500+ solar panels installed on Bordeaux Hall, Thomas Hall, Life Science, Library, Facilities Services, & Donald Young Center Rooftops. They produce just over 1MW replacing 15 ...

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69 kW Roof Top Mount Thomas Hall

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

There are approximately 2,500+ solar panels installed on Bordeaux Hall, Thomas Hall, Life Science, Library, Facilities Services, & Donald Young Center Rooftops. They produce just over 1MW replacing 15 ...

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2.5 kW Solar PV System Natural History Museum

  • Cal Poly Humboldt (CA)

A 2.5 kW system on the Natural History Museum.

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2.5 kW Solar PV System Campus Center for Appropriate Technology

  • Cal Poly Humboldt (CA)

A 2.5 kW system on the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology.

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12.5 kW Solar PV System Music A Building

  • Cal Poly Humboldt (CA)

A 12.5 kW system on the Music A building.

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20 kW Solar Roof Top Mount Schatz Energy Research Center

  • Cal Poly Humboldt (CA)

A new 20 kW system on top of the Schatz Energy Research Center installed in September 2018.

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9 kW Solar PV Roof Top Mount South Hall

  • Bard College (NY)

9kW roof-top photovoltaic array installed in 2014.

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280 kW Solar PV Ground Athletic Fields

  • Bard College (NY)

280 kW ground-mount photovoltaic array installed in 2013.

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4 kW Roof Top Mount Office of Sustainability

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

The Office of Sustainability has a 4 KWH array solar panels installed on its roof to generate and mitigate electricity that was installed in 2018.

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Solar Wall - Distance Learning Facility

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

When project architect Burns Wald-Hopkins Shambach Architects started work on the new Distance Learning Facility at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, they were targeting a LEED® silver rating. In ...

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163 kW Solar Field

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

NAU’s solar field on-campus was generously donated by NAU’s utility company, APS. The system was installed in 2007 to accompany the LEED Platinum certification of the Applied Research ...

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Solar Thermal System

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

NAU’s first on-campus solar thermal air panel system was installed in 2014 through a Green Fund proposal. The six-panel system was installed on the south side of the Property ...

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12.6 kW Solar PV Solar Hot Air and Solar PV at Construction Management

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This Green Fund proposal for $20,774 was granted to install five hot air heaters and six PV solar panels to be installed on the Construction Management Lab. This project ...

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652 kW Canopy Array: San Francisco Garage

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This is a 561.6 kW array and is expected to produce over 921,858 kilowatt hours annually. The canopies are designed to provide shade to 155 parking spaces and ...

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2.4 kW Wind Turbines: HRM, ARD and Solar Shack

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The campus has multiple wind turbines; one 2.4 kWh in front of the Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) building, one 2.4 kWh turbine next to the Applied Research ...

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35 kW Solar PV International Pavilion

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Located on the roof of the NAU International Pavilion is a 35 kw solar panel array system. The building was designed to use less electricity than what can be generated ...

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561.6 kW Solar PV San Francisco Garage

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This is a 561.6 kW array and is expected to produce over 921,858 kilowatt hours annually. The canopies are designed to provide shade to 155 parking spaces and ...

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500 kW PPA WELL System and Library South System

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)

Sac State entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for Photovoltaics (PV), at two locations on campus for renewable energy produced at a fixed rate of $0.1086/kWh for ...

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4.32 kW Roof Top Mount Benedum Hall

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Benedum Hall boasts a 4.32 kW photovoltaic installation on its roof, which was installed in 2012. This photovoltaic (PV) array is for research purposes, including 18 solar PV panels ...

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123 kW Rooftop Solar: Raithby House, Thornbrough, Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming

  • University of Guelph (ON)

123 kW Rooftop Solar PV - Raithby House, Thornbrough, Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming

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6 MW Hydroelectric PPA Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Company

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

In 2013, Penn State entered into a 10 year power purchase agreement with Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Company.

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2 MW Solar PPA Alternate Energy Development Group

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

A 25 year PPA with Alternate Energy Development Group (AEDG) for a 2 MW onsite solar array located on the University Park campus.

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70 MW Solar PPA Lightsource BP

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

In 2019, Penn State entered into a 25 year Solar PPA with Lightsource BP. The University began taking power October 1, 2020.

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8 kW Roof Mount MorningStar

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

An 8 kW array which is roof mounted onto our MorningStar home, which was PSU's 2007 entry into the Solar Decathlon. This array is mono-crystalline silicon panels with a ...

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5 kW Solar Array Physical Plant Building - Vehicle Charging Station

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

A 5 kW system located at the Physical Plant Building to offset a vehicle charging station for electric cars purchased as part of a Reinvention Fund grant through the Sustainability ...

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7.28 kW Solar Roof Mount

  • Knox College (IL)

On-site renewable electricity is generated by a 7.28 kW solar panel.

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University of Michigan Carbon Neutral Power and Heat Infrastructure Study: Summary Report

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Integral Group, an external firm selected ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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The University of Michigan Building Efficiency Studies

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 and 2020 - 2021 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by SmithGroup Inc., an external ...

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Energy Consumption Policies at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Energy Consumption Policies Internal Analysis Team ...

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Mobility Electrification at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Mobility Electrification Subgroup. Through its work ...

  • Posted Nov. 16, 2021
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Accelerating Higher Education's Role in Meeting Global Decarbonization Targets

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) (Gloucestershire)
  • United Nations Environment Programme

The Paris Agreement establishes a framework for keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 - 2 degrees C. While much of the focus has been on the parties to the Agreement ...

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How We Became Carbon Neutral Certified: Charles Sturt University and University of Tasmania

  • University of Tasmania

Climate change remains one of the single greatest environmental and social challenges we face. Tertiary education organizations can take positive action and be part of the global response that is ...

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Advancing Operational Climate Action During COVID-19: Perspectives from Global Research Universities

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

The coronavirus pandemic has effected us all - changing the way our university campuses currently operate and will operate well into the future. And while universities continue to respond to the ...

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The intersection of sustainability and energy master planning: actionable carbon neutrality at Vassar college

  • Vassar College (NY)
  • Ecosystem (QC)

Energy master plan firms often spend months -- and sometimes years -- developing numerous technical solutions, simulations, and scenarios, without effectively engaging key stakeholders. As a result, it is hard to build ...

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The Roadmap to Zero: Decarbonizing Swarthmore's Energy Systems

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Climate change poses a grave threat to human health, safety, and well-being. Building on Swarthmore's mission to educate for the common good, the College seeks to model the transformation ...

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Lots of Watts: Four Campuses Join Forces to Build a Giant Solar Farm

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Lafayette College (PA)
  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Muhlenberg College (PA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Large-scale renewable energy power purchase agreements can eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from purchased electricity, while saving money and mitigating energy price risk over time. However, most campuses are too small ...

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What's the plan for LED lighting and it's environmental impact?

  • Circadia Group (PA)

LED Lighting is here to stay and very soon you will not have another any other option to purchase. Many have come to know how beneficial the technology is in ...

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A Case Study and Guide to Outreach and Engagement from UC Davis Facilities Energy & Engineering

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Communications and campus engagement around energy conservation projects at UC Davis is led by the Energy Feedback Team. Student interns are key members of the communications team; they run our ...

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Leveraging Different Constituencies to Extend the Campus as a Living Lab Concept

  • Connecticut College (CT)

Involving students in hands on sustainability projects on campus can drive both student learning and increased campus sustainability. However, limitations in student's schedules, availability of staff to work with ...

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Implementing the Renewable Energy Rider Program

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

In 2020, the University of Wisconsin-Madison partnered with its electric utility, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), to invest in a 10 megawatt (MW) solar development through the Renewable Energy Rider ...

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From Brownfield to Habitat: Reclaiming a Site for Environmental Education

  • Washington College (MD)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

As the LEED rating systems have evolved from LEED 2009 to LEEDv4 and LEEDv4.1, LEED's bias for development in existing urban locations has become more apparent. How can ...

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GHG's and EIS: Automating the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Process

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Universities nationwide have made impressive commitments to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that drive climate change. This has led to a variety of emission-tracking tools and methodologies, ranging widely ...

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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

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