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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Case study for evaluating campus sustainability: nitrogen balance for the University of Minnesota

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

American ecologists recently began to address the ecology of cities. Concurrently, higher education institutions have developed sustainability education programs and instituted sustainability policies and projects. This paper draws together these ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Should we quit our jobs? Challenges, barriers and recommendations for interdisciplinary energy research

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • University College Dublin ΓÇô National University of Ireland, Dublin

Many plea for a better integration of social sciences in energy research, which would imply more comprehensive interdisciplinary energy research. We argue that in order to achieve this, institutional barriers ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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Energy challenges: isolating results due to behavior change

  • Allegheny College (PA)

Purpose

Approximately 700 colleges and universities have committed to climate neutrality, which will require significant reductions in energy consumption. This paper aims to explore the effectiveness of an Annual Energy ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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1 kW Wind Turbine

  • Bucknell University (PA)

In 2013, a 900 watt wind turbine was installed near the Center for Sustainability.

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2017
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Sustainability at Central Oregon Community College

  • Central Oregon Community College (OR)

The paper of "Sustainable Development at Central Oregon Community College" was written to influence board members, faculty, and students who were enrolled or employed at the college to consider small ...


Colorado State University: A Midscale Market Solar Customer Case Study

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology experienced an unprecedented level of investment and deployment between 2005 and 2015. Driven by rapidly falling module costs, high consumer demand, and targeted state and local ...


30 kW Rooftop Array: Golda Meir Library

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

In addition to the energy conservation and green roof installation at Golda Meir, a larger solar pv system was also added into the project. Incorporating the pv panels into the ...

  • Posted Dec. 20, 2016
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25 kW Rooftop Array: Accelerator Building at Innovation Campus

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

As UW-Milwaukee expanded into Wauwatosa at Innovation Campus, the Accelerator Building, a collaborative research space, achieved LEED Silver with the solar photovoltaic system on its rooftop.

  • Posted Dec. 20, 2016
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10 kW Rooftop Array: Cambridge Commons

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

Solar panels are located on the 6-story core of the building. The installation was part of LEED Gold construction of the building.

  • Posted Dec. 20, 2016
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2 MW Solar Field (7 Acres)

  • Weber State University (UT)
  • SolarCity

Solar panels now cover nearly seven acres of land on the southeast side of the campus. The solar area is enclosed by a black mesh fence and lined with rows ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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1.3 MW Rooftop Array: West Campus

  • Yale University (CT)

In partnership with a renewable energy firm, the University is installing an array of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that will occupy over 350,000 square-feet of roof space at West ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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822 kW Arrays: Preus Library and Regents Center

  • Luther College (IA)

During the fall of 2015 Luther College installed an additional 821.76 kW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power in three arrays on the main campus. The vast majority of this ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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750 kW Solar Field: Long Lane

  • Wesleyan University (CT)

In November 2016, Wesleyan celebrated the installation of a 750 kW-AC ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system, or solar farm, located near Physical Plant, at the corner of Long Lane and Wadsworth ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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547 kW Solar Photovoltaic Project

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

In spring and summer 2014, the university added a total of 379 kilowatts (kw) of solar on university-owned property throughout the region. Prior to this installation, the university had 33 ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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290 kW Rooftop Arrays: Coors Events Center 2

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

290 kW array installed in 2013 with an annual estimated production of 320,000 kWh

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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201 kW Ground Mount Array: West Side

  • Western Nevada College (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

This 201 kW ground-mounted array was installed on the west side of the Western Nevada College campus in Carson City. The first renewable energy project for WNC is a source ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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200 kW Freeman Athletic Center

  • Wesleyan University (CT)

The roof mounted array consists of 330 panels, which are capable of making 90 kW. The parking lot array has 396 panels capable of making 110 kW. In sum, the ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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180 kW Rooftop Array: Bristlecone Building

  • Western Nevada College (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

Black Rock Solar has installed a fifth solar array for Western Nevada College – a 180-kW roof array on the Bristlecone Building. The latest 666 panels at the Carson City campus ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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143 kW Solar Farm (1.5 Acres)

  • Middlebury College (VT)

At the urging of pioneering students, Middlebury has built a 143-kilowatt, 1.5-acre solar farm on Route 125, west of McCardell Bicentennial Hall. The 34 solar trackers on the farm ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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131 kW Rooftop Array: Medical School Building

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (TX)

In an effort to reduce electric costs and expand ecologically-friendly practices on campus, Facilities Management installed a 131 Kw photovoltaic system on the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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106 kW Carport Arrays: Storm Nasatir Hall

  • San Diego State University (CA)
  • Sullivan Solar Power (CA)

The 106 kW photovoltaic canopy installation, installed by Sullivan Solar Power, generates enough energy to offset the building's utility bills to permit a savings of $28,560 a year.

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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100 kW Canopy Array: Quinney College of Law

  • University of Utah (UT)

Officials switched on a new set of solar panels at the University of Utah in October 2016. The panels canvas the top of a new parking structure next to the ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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49 kW Ground Mount Array: Auto Shop

  • Western Nevada College (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

Black Rock Solar installed a 49 kW ground-mounted array powering the Auto Shop at Western Nevada College’s Carson City campus. The array is expected to offset 100 percent of ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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49 kW Ground Mount Array: Bently Hall

  • Western Nevada College (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

This is Black Rock Solar’s third project with WNC, and was built concurrently with another 49 kilowatt array at the Carson City campus. These arrays bring the college’s ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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25 kW Rooftop Array: Swing Dorm

  • Yale University (CT)

In the summer of 2009 the roof of a Yale dormitory was selected as a test site for the installation of a 24.5-kilowatt thin-film solar system. Initially expected to ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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12 kW Rooftop Array: Riverside Campus

  • Austin Community College (TX)

11.6 KW Grid tied PV system was installed on the roof of building G at Riverside Campus. This project was funded by the WorkSource Grant and the Austin Energy ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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9 kW Rooftop Array: Franklin Environmental Center

  • Middlebury College (VT)

The installation consists of 38 panels and can produce a maximum of 8.5 kilowatts (225 watts per panel). These panels were made by SunPower, a large solar company eadquartered ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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48 kW Rooftop Array: Student Experience Center

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Advanced Energy Systems completed a 48 kW solar electric system for OSU Student Experience Center in 2014. The array consists of 188 SolarWorld 255 watt modules, and three SMA 12000 ...

  • Posted Dec. 15, 2016
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2 kW Rooftop Array: Kelley Engineering Center

  • University of Oregon (OR)

A 2.4 kilowatt photovoltaic system was installed on the Kelley Engineering Center during its construction in 2004. While this relatively small system provides a fraction of the power this ...

  • Posted Dec. 15, 2016
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2 kW Solar Trailer

  • University of Oregon (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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 15, 2016
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1 kW Pole Mount: Hatfield Marine Science Center

  • University of Oregon (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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 15, 2016
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5.9 MW Solar Farm (20.8 Acres)

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The 20.8-acre solar farm, designed, built, and operated by Phoenix Solar South Farms LLC, produces around 7.86 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, approximately 2% of the FY15 electrical demand ...

  • Posted Dec. 14, 2016
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430 kW Solar Field (2.46 Acres)

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • DTE Energy (OH)

The solar installation project, through DTE Energy’s SolarCurrents program, involved the installation of ground-based and pole-mounted solar panels, rated up to 600 kilowatts (kW). These panels have a potential ...

  • Posted Dec. 14, 2016
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240 kW Solar Field (1.56 Acres)

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • DTE Energy (OH)

Construction began in May 2013 on the site of the second U-M/DTE Energy solar panel installation fulfilling President Coleman’s commitment to bring renewable energy to north campus. The ...

  • Posted Dec. 14, 2016
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100 kW Solar Site: Center for Energy Research

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The solar power generation systems are run by UNLV's Center for Energy Research. Opened in 2001, the "solar site" as it commonly called on campus, originally was funded by ...

  • Posted Dec. 14, 2016
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33 KW Rooftop Array: Wassaja Residence Hall

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The roof of Wassaja Hall sports 120 solar panels that can collectively produce 1,000 volts of energy in direct sunlight. The system doesn’t have a storage component, so ...

  • Posted Dec. 14, 2016
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15 kW Business Research Council Laboratory Solar Test Bed

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The Business Research Council Laboratory solar test bed provides the Illinois Center for Smarter Electricity Grid (ICSEG) with a research platform to collect data, test, and validate vulnerability solutions for ...

  • Posted Dec. 14, 2016
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11 kW Ground Mount: Allerton Park

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Robert Allerton left the Allerton Park to the University of Illinois for education, research, and as a public park. Students in ENG 315: Learning in Community – Allerton Park built an ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2016
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Key Facilities Metrics Survey and Report

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

The Key Facilities Metrics Survey is a brief annual survey designed to encourage attention to a small number of key facilities metrics: total energy consumption per square foot, electricity consumption ...


16.3 MW Solar Field (62 Acres)

  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

University of California (UC), Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and SunPower representatives dedicated a newly constructed 16.3-megawatt (AC) solar power plant in November 2015. The new plant, which ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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4.1 MW Rooftop and Parking Canopy Arrays: West Village

  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

West Village at UC Davis is served by an on-site, 4.1 MW production capacity, solar system through a power purchase agreement with SunPower. The West Village solar system is ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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3.2 MW West Campus Solar Farm (11 Acres)

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

UCR signed a 20-year power purchase agreement that allowed SunPower Corporation to construct, operate and maintain the 3.2 MW facility with the university purchasing the power. UCR spent $350 ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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3.2 MW Canopy Parking Arrays

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • NextEra Energy Resources (FL)
  • SolarWorld (CA)

UC Irvine installed more than 11,700 solar panels that generate up to 3.2 megawatts of power, the amount needed to meet the electrical needs of 1,800 homes ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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850 kW Array: Indoor Practice Facility

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

850 kW array installed in 2016 with an annual estimated production of 1,052,653 kWh. Main campus, 2250 Stadium Dr Boulder, CO

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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500 kW Canopy Arrays: C-CERT Facility

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

A year after flipping the switch on a $10 million carbon-free energy system powered by SolarMax Technology-donated panels, the University of California Riverside Center for Environmental Technology (C-Cert) solar demonstration ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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500 kW Research Park (2.5 Acres)

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The array is located on 2.5 acres of land near Foothills Parkway and Colorado Avenue, in the 220-acre CU Research Park. It was developed and built by Panasonic Eco ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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109 kW Ground Mount: Anteater Recreation Center; a 48-kilowatt photovoltaic array atop the Anteater Parking Structure

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

UC Irvine has a 109-kilowatt, ground-mounted concentrated photovoltaic array near the Anteater Recreation Center.

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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100 kW Carport: Bear Creek Solar Array

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The solar carport at University of Colorado Boulder boasts 100 kW of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels along its roof, producing about 145,000 kWh/year of electricity, which will flow ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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80 kW Rooftop Array: Jacobs Hall

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The cutting edge solar system on Jacobs Hall will do more than just help the Institute control its electricity bills: the 80 kW system is also estimated to reduce the ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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48 kW Rooftop Array: Anteater Parking Structure

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

UC Irvine has a 48-kilowatt photovoltaic array atop the Anteater Parking Structure.

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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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, 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