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 kW Solar Trailer Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

The OSU Solar Trailer is a portable device that captures and stores solar energy. Its purpose is to educate about photovoltaic (solar electric) energy technologies and provide a renewable, portable ...

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1 kW Rooftop Array: Hatfield Marine Science Center Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

A 1.1 kilowatt array at HMSC in Newport demonstrates, renewable energy technology to visitors and reflects OSU's commitment to education in sustainable practices. HMSC has also implemented campus-wide ...

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108 kW Solar Carport: Parking Lot 100 Membership Required

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

New Mexico State University has partnered with Ameresco Inc. on a solar panel project, saving the university energy, money and lowering its carbon footprint. The solar panel canopy, located in ...

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25 kW Sunflower Solar Array Membership Required

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

New Mexico State University's Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) recently completed installation of a data acquisition system and information kiosk at PNM's new Sunflower solar panel ...

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22 kW Rooftop Array: Partners I Building Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Nearly 100 solar panels generating approximately 29,000 kwh of electricity annually were installed in April 2015 and are expected to produce energy for at least 25 years. The panels ...

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2.4 MW Solar Field Membership Required

  • Las Positas College (CA)

The 2.4 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) field was installed in 2012.Together with 1.1 MW of parking lot-canopy solar arrays installed in 2008, these panels provide almost two-thirds ...

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150 kW Rooftop Solar System on Campus Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

This large solar farm was built in the fall of 2013 with the help of several student volunteers and several alumni who are now working in the solar industry, such ...

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150 kW Rooftop Array: Benson Solar System Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

In 2014, the College finalized a partnership with Aaron Kelly, an investor and solar installer who built a 150 kW system on his land in Benson, VT in order to ...

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113 kW Rooftop Array: Batten Hall, Harvard Business School Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

436 solar panels on the Batten Hall green roof are converting the intense summer sun into electricity that provides power to the Harvard Innovation Lab and modular, learning spaces clustered ...

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98 kW Rooftop Array: Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

The 97.6 kW solar installation on the roof of Wasserstein Hall is the first renewable project for the Law School. The ballasted system uses weight to hold down the ...

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71 kW Rooftop Array: Tata Hall, Harvard Business School Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

One of the most visible examples of Tata Hall’s sustainability features is a 71kW rooftop photovoltaic installation. 320 AC modules generate AC power directly from each solar panel for ...

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48 kW Rooftop Array: Morgan Hall, Harvard Business School Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

There are five solar PV systems installed at Harvard Business School, on the roofs of Batten, Shad, Tata, Morgan and Travis Halls, totaling around 300 kW. In total, over 1 ...

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37 kW Rooftop Array: Shad Hall, Harvard Business School Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

In September 2003, an ambitious student-initiated project at the Harvard Business School led to the installation of a 192 panel photovoltaic array above Shad Hall. The 36 kilowatt installation prevents ...

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34 kW Rooftop Array: 25 Travis Street, Harvard Business School Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

There are five solar PV systems installed at Harvard Business School, on the roofs of Batten, Shad, Tata, Morgan and Travis Halls, totaling around 300 kW. In total, over 1 ...

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31 kW Rooftop Array: Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Garage Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

This fall of 2015, with support from the Harvard Office for Sustainability’s Green Revolving Fund, the Arboretum installed 108 solar panels on the roof of the Hunnewell Building maintenance ...

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20 kW Rooftop Array: Center for World Religions, Harvard Divinity School Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

In October 2014 the Center for the Study of World Religions installed 70 solar panels on its roof, capable of producing enough energy to cover 25 percent of the Center ...

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11 kW Rooftop Array: Science Center, Faculty of Arts & Sciences Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

Harvard’s Schools and administrative departments have installed a wide variety of renewable and alternative energy systems on campus and on University-owned property. The alternative energy installations (such as solar ...

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6 kW Solar Charging Station Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

The 5.8 kW solar array between Dunton and Richardson was installed as an electric vehicle charging station in 2013 under the leadership of Professor Steve Letendre. The project cost ...

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4 kW Rooftop Array: Solar Garage Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

The garage known as Olwen was built in 2014 by renewable energy and ecological design students in only one semester. Under the leadership of professors Lucas Brown, Steve Letendre, and ...

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A geographic approach to facilitating local climate governance: From emissions inventories to mitigation planning Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

It is increasingly recognized that municipal and regional scale governments play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. While universities possess many resources that ...

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Community support for campus approaches to sustainable energy use: The role of “town–gown” relationships Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • Cornell University (NY)

Across the United States, universities are grappling with challenges associated with adopting approaches to more sustainable energy use. One approach has been to develop energy-related projects in their local, host ...

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An overview of life cycle assessment (LCA) and research-based teaching in renewable and sustainable energy education Membership Required

Engineers working as designers, managers and policy-makers play a key role in decision-making got sustainable energy solutions. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a key decision-making and benchmarking tool used for ...

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182 kW Rooftop Array: El Pomar Sports Center Membership Required

  • Colorado College (CO)

The newest solar panel additions are located on the roofs of the El Pomar Sports Center and the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. The panels on El Pomar generate ...

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101 kW Rooftop Array: EKG Cornerstone Arts Center Membership Required

  • Colorado College (CO)

The newest solar panel additions are located on the roofs of the El Pomar Sports Center and the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. The panels on Cornerstone produce approximately ...

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50 kW Canopy Array: Deep Green Residence Hall Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)

This array of 114 photovoltaic (PV) panels will generate electricity to meet just over 15% of the building’s energy needs: at 50 kW. This rooftop system utilizes a series ...

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35 kW Rooftop Array: Worner Campus Center Membership Required

  • Colorado College (CO)

Approximately 144 solar panels producing 35KW were installed on the Worner Center roof to help offset the electrical usage in the building. An interactive flatscreen on the main floor monitors ...

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20 kW Rooftop Array: Children's Center Membership Required

  • Colorado College (CO)

The Children’s Center at Colorado College received solar panels, which produce 414,000 kilowatt hours a year.

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18 kW Rooftop Array: Spencer Center Membership Required

  • Colorado College (CO)

An 18kW array was installed as part of building renovations in 2014.

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11 kW Rooftop Array: Dean of Students' Residence Membership Required

  • Colorado College (CO)

A 10.7kW array.

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7 kW Rooftop Array: President's House Membership Required

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

The 21 roof-mounted photovoltaic cells were installed by Western Sun Systems and produce 6.9 kilowatts of power. That’s enough electricity to meet about 80 percent of the total ...

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7 kW Rooftop Array: Synergy House Membership Required

  • Colorado College (CO)

The Synergy House is Colorado College's first net-zero energy building, designed as a prototype for students to study and discuss as the college moves toward carbon neutrality. House features ...

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1 kW Rooftop Array: KRCC Radio Station Membership Required

  • Colorado College (CO)

Radio station KRCC, an NPR-member station and home of Radio Colorado College, has installed a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar power system, making it the first solar installation on a radio ...

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Best Practices for Solar PPAs Membership Required

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

Solar energy is now economically feasible in many states of the U.S. The question is who pays for the solar panels? The costs of design, installation, operation and maintenance ...

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Institutional Change through Student-Led Initiatives: The Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The ASUREI is a student-led, student-funded organization that reduces the environmental impact of Appalachian State University by implementing renewable energy technologies, investing in sustainable energy practices, and promoting campus engagement ...

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Powering a New South: Sustainability and Energy in the Southern US Membership Required

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Through an examination of the processes and experiences of a yearlong, multi-disciplinary university press project, students, instructors, and press advisors will examine energy through the lens of our local experience ...

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We're Divesting! Where can we Move our Money? Membership Required

  • National Union of Students

Working with others in the Divest-Invest movement this workshop will present the steps that can be taken once a fossil fuel divestment commitment has been secured. The workshop will cover ...

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LEED Green Associate Training V4 Membership Required

  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

LEED Green Associate Training covers information needed for preparation for the GBCI LEED Green Associate exam. Presented by Leonardo Academy staff: Michael Arny, President of Leonardo Academy who was the ...

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How to Use Renewables to Cut Carbon and Boost the Bottom Line Membership Required

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Howard University (DC)
  • Altenex, LLC (CA)

This workshop will help participants develop comprehensive renewable energy plans that educate campus stakeholders, dramatically reduce GHGs, and provide cost savings and budget certainty by avoiding volatile conventional energy costs ...

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Energy Engineering for Non-Engineers Membership Required

  • GreenerU (MA)

Much of the change we need to make in order to address climate change and sustainability challenges relates to engineering, but that doesn't mean everyone needs an engineering degree ...

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Using Campus Solar Deployment Roadmaps to Guide University Investment Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) has been working to develop approaches and define opportunities for on- and ...

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Ganging Up to Go Big: Campus Collaborations to Achieve Scale with Renewables Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Altenex, LLC (CA)

Electricity is the single largest source of emissions for most campuses, and renewable energy is the only way to eliminate those emissions. But renewable energy is still unfamiliar territory for ...

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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 2 Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 1 Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

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Assessing the Campus Sector's Renewable Energy Performance Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Altenex, LLC (CA)

While colleges and universities across the U.S. have invested significant effort and resources towards using renewables for their operations, much is unknown about the campus sector's overall performance ...

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University of California's Presidential Initiative for Carbon Neutrality: A Multi-Institutional, Multi-Dimensional Perspective Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The 2014 UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative builds on pioneering work on climate research to make all ten campuses carbon neutral in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025. All UC ...

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Embolden Facilities and Finance Office Collaborations for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Two major national association organizations - representing facilities and business offices - will highlight collaborations, programs, and developments regarding sustainability that cross boundaries for success. Collaboration with these units, within a campus ...

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Financing Sustainability and How to REALLY Talk to the Business Office Membership Required

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Two experienced vice presidents of finance will briefly discuss some of their accomplishments in sustainability and their partners at the campus that have helped or hindered. They have changed laws ...

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Open Sesame: Low-Cost Sub-Meter Data Visualization Membership Required

  • Macalester College (MN)

Learn how Macalester, as the next step of the College's sub-metering initiative, has leveraged no-cost and open-source solutions through HTML and XML, Google Apps, and Tableau to display utilities ...

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Engaging Laboratories in Sustainability Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • My Green Lab (CA)

Laboratories contribute significantly to a university's environmental footprint. At research institutions they can account for more than half of the campus energy consumption, consume hundreds of thousands of gallons ...

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Building Sustainable Communities: an International Collaboration Between Island Communities and Academia Membership Required

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)

Through community engagement and a plan for economic rejuvenation Samsø¸ Island, Denmark became one of the first carbon negative communities in the world. In 2014, an international partnership between Samsø ...

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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, LLC

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.

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