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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2 MW Snyder Road Solar Farm

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) (NY)
  • Sol Systems (DC)

The Cornell Snyder Road Solar Farm – comprised of with 6,778 photovoltaic panels on an 11-acre plot of Cornell property that adjoins the Tompkins County Regional Airport – went live in ...

  • Posted Jan. 2, 2018
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Methodology of energy efficient building refurbishment: Application on two university campus-building case studies in Italy with engineering students

  • Polytechnic University of Milan

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) has launched since 2011 the project “Città Studi Sustainable Campus” to improve the university’s sustainability performances within three main principles: building refurbishment, sustainable campus development ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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Energy planning of university campus building complex: Energy usage and coincidental analysis of individual buildings with a case study

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Zhejiang University
  • Nanjing University of Science & Technology

As the demonstration of eco-communities, energy planning becomes more and more important for university campus. However, insufficient energy use data accumulation has been a significant barrier against fully understanding of ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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Development of a web based energy management system for University Campuses: The CAMP-IT platform

  • Technical University of Crete

University campuses can be considered as small towns due to their size, number of users and mixed and complex activities, including numerous actions usually met in urban environments. The energy ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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Visualization of energy and water consumption and GHG emissions: A case study of a Canadian University Campus

  • Carleton University (ON)

Campuses, communities, and other building clusters are major users of energy and water and thus can have a significant environmental impact. Frequently, their buildings’ resource consumption is metered to various ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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Understanding the energy consumption and occupancy of a multi-purpose academic building

  • Heriot-Watt University

Building energy use associated with non-domestic buildings accounts for approximately 19% of the total UK CO2 emissions. Energy consumption in a non-domestic building is a complex issue due to a ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2017
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Energy use assessment of educational buildings: Toward a campus-wide sustainable energy policy

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Queensland University of Technology

The purpose of this article is to assess the viability of blanket sustainability policies, such as Building Rating Systems in achieving energy efficiency in university campus buildings. We analyzed the ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2017
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On-Site Energy Management by Integrating Campus Buildings and Optimizing Local Energy Systems, Case Study of the Campus in Finland

  • Aalto University

This research describes the potential study on the impact of energy improvements of existing campus buildings by on-site energy management and operational strategies. The focus buildings in the campus were ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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Building Energy Performance in LEED 2009 vs. LEED v4

  • System WorCx (NC)

As of November 2016, newly registered LEED projects must use LEED v4. One of the key changes between LEED v4 and LEED 2009 is that option 1 under the Optimize ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Occupant Engagement Leads to Substantial Energy Savings for Plug Loads

  • Keewi Inc. (CA)

Plug loads, defined as devices plugged into the wall outlet, comprise about 33% of a commercial building's total energy expenditure. Existing management technologies have overlooked the effects of building ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Disruptive Tech: Beyond Net Zero Energy Onsite Water Reuse

  • Natural Systems Utilities (NJ)

In addition to water scarcity, drivers to consider water reuse now include aging or inadequate infrastructure, resiliency, resource recovery and increasing costs for conventional water and sewer. Many communities are ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Success Stories: Community Colleges Tools for Achieving Energy Efficiency

  • Entegrity (AR)

This poster will graphically depict the steps two community colleges took to achieve energy efficiency goals on their campuses. Community college budgets and staff are often stretched more than larger ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Literally Breaking Down Walls (Roofs and Floors too). Owner and Consultant Insight to Obtaining Sustainable Building Enclosures.

  • dbHMS (IL)

Sustainable buildings require complex analysis from various participants in a project team, which is especially true for developments in the MUSH market (Municipal, University, Schools K-12, and Hospitals). In a ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Smart Buildings - Integrating PoE with the IoT

  • Cree (NC)

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a better understanding of how the Internet of Things (IoT) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) have and will continue to change our ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Pareto principle for your carbon reduction goals: Purchasing offsite renewable energy while addressing stakeholder needs

  • BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC (CA)

You want to take a big chunk out of your university's carbon footprint with a minimum of effort. This presentation will lay out a vision for making big strides ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Creating a culture of operational visibility: the data-driven future of campus operations

  • Lucid (CA)

Vladi will explain how, by implementing cost-effective energy-efficiency measures, many colleges and universities have the potential to cut their energy bills by 30 percent or more. Yet campus sustainability practitioners ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sub-Metering and Energy Dashboard Networking

  • Macalester College (MN)

This networking session will allow individuals already engaged in a collaborative discussion about dashboards and energy metering to touch base. Any individuals wishing to learn more and become involved or ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Using Internet of Things to Track and Curb Energy Use in Dorms at Harvard University

  • Harvard University (MA)

How can we use data to inform and accelerate energy savings in undergraduate dorms? A Harvard student-led project called Networked Energy-saving Temperature Sensors (NETS) sought to answer this question by ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Effects of phase change materials (PCM) on solar thermal storage for season extension agricultural applications

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

As part of on-going efforts to use solar and biomass energy for season extension in greenhouses, the NEXUS research group at Appalachian State University is exploring the use of phase ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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An Unlikely Match: Confined Budgets, Sustainable Campuses, Facade Innovation

  • BNIM Architects (MO)

High performance design strategies are realized by a collaborative, interdisciplinary team working towards a shared vision. The design of the maintenance and operations building provides a diverse user group an ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Solar PV and Interactive Education

  • North Central College (IL)

Solar PV technology is decreasing in cost and increasing in popularity worldwide. However, there are still many individuals who do not understand this technology, even on college campuses. Education plays ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Integrating Sustainability With Energy and Facilities Management at the Alamo Colleges District

  • Alamo Community College District (TX)

Alamo Colleges District is a network of five community colleges serving the diverse population of San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas. With a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050, this ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Energy Monitoring as a Tool for Community Engagement

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will detail the process and results of electricity monitoring for behavior change in the Luther College Sustainability House, a residence focused on discovering what it means to live ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Deep Energy Retrofits: Warren Hall at Cornell University

  • FXFOWLE Architects (NY)

Learn how a pre-war, 130,000-square-foot classroom building at Cornell University was retrofitted to achieve LEED Platinum performance. The historic masonry building was fully renovated into a new, modern home ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Light Up With LED

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Light Up With LED was a semester long, student-led project at the Ohio State University to educate our off-campus student population about energy efficient behaviors. Sponsored by a Coca-cola Sustainability ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Breaking Barriers to Facilities-Academic Collaboration Through Green Revolving Fund Projects at the University of Dayton

  • University of Dayton (OH)

Beginning in 2016, the University of Dayton Green Revolving Fund (UDGRF) has been the primary source of funding for energy projects on campus. The purpose of the fund is twofold ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Data-Based Assessment of Wind Power Feasibility

  • Ball State University (IN)

This presentation will describe the process by which a feasibility study for wind power to supplement Ball State University's energy budget has been developed. Ball State has a commitment ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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New England's Largest Campus Solar Project

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

In early 2017, UMass Amherst completed the installation of 5.5 MW of solar power over two parking lots and five rooftops making it the largest solar project on a ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Cradle to Gate Life Cycle Energy Analysis

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Due to recent hysteria over climate change, investment in reusable, sustainable energy sources was promoted with the intention to replace the current energy giants: coal, oil, and natural gas. Algae ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A Comparative Study of the Efficacy of Intervention Strategies on Student Electricity use in Campus Residence Halls

  • Radford University (VA)

In this session, we discuss research that employs a quasi-experimental design to reduce student electricity use in residence halls. We examine electricity use by first-year students in four matched residence ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Raising Energy Efficiency on an Urban Campus

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

As an Energy Engineering student at IUPUI, I have always idealized these initiatives to make our campus more energy-efficient. I have made a plan on how to change infrastructure and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Power of One: How a Physics Professor Saved Italy from Big Oil Through Education, Activism and Community Outreach

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Trained as a physicist, Dr. Maria D'Orsogna is a hands-on activist fighting to protect the Italian countryside and seas from Big Oil. Maria first learned of proposed oil activities ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Renewable and Alternative Energy Projects at Rutgers University

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)

The presentation Informs you about various Renewable and Alternative Energy projects Rutgers University has done.

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Net Zero 24/7: How Colorado College's 94k Square Foot Library Became a Carbon Reduction Strategy

  • Colorado College (CO)

Colorado College's 94,000 square-foot library is the first to be built for the college's unique block plan. It's also the first known library of it's ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Searching for the Higher Ed Context in the Analysis of Green Building Costs and Benefits

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Green building certification on campuses is relatively new. When determining the financial feasibility of a certified green building at an Institution of Higher Education (IHE), the full building lifecycle perspective ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Cutting Carbon Through Electricity Diversification

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Renewable energy procurement can be a complicated process and projects are often not implemented due to institutional financial requirements, unclear or unfamiliar decision making processes, organizational inertia, concerns about technology ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Bridging the Gap Between Economic Viability and Environmental Sustainability with Solar on University Campuses

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Over the past two years, University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty have collaborated with solar and financial consultants to encourage the University of Minnesota to invest in solar energy ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Passive House Applications for Campus Buildings

  • FXFOWLE Architects (NY)
  • Local Practice Architecture + Design

This session will focus on the feasibility implementing the Passive House Standard in University Campus applications. FXFOWLE will share the results of a research study investigating the viability of implementing ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A model of partnership between private sector and public universities in Brazil: investment in within campus infrastructure.

  • Santa Catarina State University
  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

The project proposes the development of a public-private partnership to raise funds for Brazil's net of public universities, nowadays with very narrow budgets, to invest in within campus infrastructure ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Getting to Zero: Integrating Carbon Neutrality Planning with a Campus Utility Master Plan at a Small Liberal Arts College

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Stone House Group (PA)

This presentation will cover how a small liberal arts college undertook an integrated Campus Utility Master Plan and Net Zero Carbon Strategy. It will explore how the Director of Sustainability ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Energy Security, Resilience, and Cost Savings: Solar Can Do More Than Save the Planet

  • Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (VA)
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities (VT)

Installing a solar PV array on campus is one way campuses across the country are working toward their climate and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. But with the cost of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Power in Numbers: Collaborative Solar Procurement in Virginia

  • 3Degrees (CA)
  • Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (VA)

The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) will provide an overview of the first collaborative procurement of on-campus solar energy in Virginia. This session will help participants understand their ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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California's Campuses Light the Way to a Clean Energy Future: Best Practices in Solar Project Planning

  • SunPower Corp (CA)

Until recently, the majority of solar PV capacity in the US has been installed in California. As new states emerge as leaders in solar-friendly policies, decision makers at campuses across ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Energy Engineering for Non-Engineers

  • GreenerU (MA)
  • Babson College (MA)

As a sustainability change agent, you may not have a background in engineering, but developing a basic fluency in energy engineering terms and concepts can empower you to participate in ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Energizing Campuses & Communities Through More Meaningful and Applied Learning

  • Skyline College (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

This networking meeting is open to all campus stakeholders interested in the Energize Colleges program. Current and potential future campus partners are invited to discuss year one successes and challenges ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Arizona State University's Laboratory Standard and Design Guide

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Laboratory ventilation and conditioning on university campuses can be responsible for one quarter or more of greenhouse gas emissions, so climate neutrality will be difficult without dramatic gains in efficiency ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Students Counting Kilowatts - Student-engagement in energy conservation and master planning

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Stanford University (CA)

Universities are constantly undertaking studies and master planning efforts for all kinds of functions. These are opportunities for student learning and can be an important role for sustainability staff. Join ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Green Labs at The University of Texas at Austin

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Office of Sustainability's Green Labs program at The University of Texas at Austin is a student-led initiative that serves as a resource to help researchers run a more ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Building Blocks for Assessing the Impact of Energy Dashboards

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Energy Dashboards can be effective tools in communicating about sustainability by providing real-time feedback on campus energy usage. The challenge many schools are faced with is how to use their ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A Sustainable Energy Laboratory Course for Non-Science Majors

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Trinity University (TX)

Using sustainable energy to address climate change is of growing importance as society tries to balance its energy needs while minimizing environmental impacts. To help students better understand this balance ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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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

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Leader

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.

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