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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Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This comprehensive study by National Wildlife Federation and Princeton Survey Research Associates International reviews trends and new developments in environmental performance and sustainability at 1,068 institutions. It recognizes colleges ...


Earth Day at California State University, East Bay! Membership Required

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

The Zero Waste Team was out tabling this Earth Day along with the Solar Club, GIS, ASI, the Biology Department, Transportation and Parking Services, and other organizations on campus!

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Renewable Energy Technologies (AAS)

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology (PA)

This associate's degree in Renewable Energy Technologies prepares students for jobs in industry as renewable energy technicians. Students develop the practical skills needed to install, troubleshoot, and maintain photovoltaic ...

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Going Geothermal At Ball State University Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)

Ball State University has created the nation’s largest ground-source, closed-loop district geothermal energy system, benefiting the statewide social, economic and environmental context.

The system’s implementation demonstrates that geothermal ...

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Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy (CEEEP) Membership Required

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

The Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy (CEEEP) conducts applied research to evaluate and help develop energy policy at the state, regional, national, and international levels. The Center explores ...

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Using Power Purchase Agreements for Solar Deployment at Universities Membership Required

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

This fact sheet may be useful to colleges and universities interested in using PPAs for solar deployment. Page four includes a figure drawing from AASHE's Campus Solar PV database ...

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Center for Applied Energy Research Membership Required

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy (CAER) investigates energy technologies to improve the environment. Researchers contribute to technically-sound policies related to fossil and renewable energy. CAER is one ...

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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

RASEI (pronounced RAY-see) is a joint institute between the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) addressing important, complex problems in energy that require a ...

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Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame Membership Required

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) is a University Research Center whose mission is to foster and grow energy-related research toward sustainable and affordable energy solutions ...

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Energy Institute Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The University of Michigan Energy Institute builds on the University of Michigan’s strong energy research heritage at the heart of the nation’s automotive and manufacturing industries to develop ...

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Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) serves as the central liaison for energy and environmental research, education, and public service at the University of Texas at Austin. It ...

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Energy and Sustainability Specialization (Master's in Mechanical Engineering)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

This interdisciplinary mechanical engineering concentration engages both deep technical courses in energy and technology topics as well as critically important courses in the policy, law and economics of energy.

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Energy and Sustainability Undergraduate Certificate

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University (ISEN) Undergraduate Certificate provides a means for Northwestern students to pursue multi-disciplinary instruction in the increasingly important areas of sustainability and ...

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Minor in Energy Systems

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The Energy Systems Minor provides students a 15-hour multidisciplinary educational opportunity to study energy systems. Requirements include courses which provide depth in an area relevant to energy that is within ...

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Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University (ISEN) Membership Required

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern was established in 2008 as an umbrella organization whose unique mission is to advance global energy and sustainability solutions through transformational research ...

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Alaska Jones - The Quest for the Source of Heat and Power Membership Required

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

What is district energy? Learn how the University of Alaska Fairbanks heats and cools their buildings with this fun and entertaining introduction to district energy.

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LEED Certification of Campus Buildings - A Cost-Benefit Approach Membership Required

This is the first comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings certified within the higher education sector. 16 institutions of higher education (IHEs) were surveyed ...

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Center for Energy Research/Education/Service Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)

The Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES) at Ball State University, is an interdisciplinary academic support unit focused on issues related to energy and resource use, alternatives and conservation ...

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Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) is the coordinating hub for energy and climate research at UC Berkeley. BECI fosters collaboration between UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL ...

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Precourt Energy Efficiency Center Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Precourt Energy Efficiency Center promotes economically efficient reductions in energy demand through research, education and dissemination of information. PEEC is an independent research lab that works with all seven ...

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Powering A Bright Future Discussion Activity on Energy Issues Membership Required

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Active, personally relevant learning is at the heart of an effective education. This

activity takes students and other campus participants through a process of exploring sustainability through small group discussion ...

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ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the ...

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Green Gigawatt Partnership Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Green Gigawatt Partnership (GGP) is an effort to catalyze at least one gigawatt of new green power in higher education by recognizing colleges and universities sourcing large-scale renewable energy and ...

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Green Power Partnership Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The Green Power Partnership is a free, voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the ...

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New Energy for Campuses: Energy-Saving Policies for Colleges and Universities Membership Required

  • Energy Action Coalition

New Energy for Campuses highlights more than 30 universities in 24 states that have implemented a range of programs including improving the energy efficiency of classrooms, putting solar panels on ...

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The Energy Smart Guide to Campus Cost Savings Membership Required

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

Rebuild America created The Energy Smart Guide to Campus Cost Savings to help college and university managers sort through the opportunities and possibilities for saving energy and money on their ...

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Leading Techniques for Energy Savings in Colleges and Universities Membership Required

  • Schneider Electric (TX)

This paper describes how building automation products and services can reduce energy costs at colleges and universities. It outlines proven techniques to achieve energy conservation results with an attractive return ...

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The State of Sustainability in Higher Education 2015: Emissions Metrics, Consumption Trends & Strategies for Success Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

Over the past decade, campuses across North America have invested significant effort, attention, and money toward the key challenges of sustainability in higher education, which are embodied by the carbon ...

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The Role of IT in Campus Sustainability Efforts Membership Required

  • EDUCAUSE

As the impact of worldwide carbon emissions comes into sharper focus, college and university sustainability efforts are increasingly turning green, focusing on ways to use resources more efficiently, consume less ...

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University of Texas at Austin's Energy Conservation Campaign Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Aligning with a building energy audit case study, UT Austin developed outreach materials to encourage technical and behavioral energy conservation. Areas covered include Conservation Conversations; Freezer Loaner Program; Horns Up ...

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Time Lapse of Harvard's Largest Solar Project Being Installed at Harvard Athletics Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

In May 2012 Harvard Athletics completed a six week renewable project as it installed a layer of 2,275 solar panels on the roof of Gordon Track. The 600kW installation ...

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Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

The Institute for Sustainable Energy is a university-wide center for research, academic program enhancement, and engagement with industry and the energy policy community.

We work with faculty in many departments ...

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University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Global sustainability depends on a robust global economy, a healthy environment, clean energy services, and a stable climate. Yet these issues are major policy challenges on which progress has been ...

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Shut the Sash Sticker Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

This sticker is intended to remind lab workers to shut the sash of their fume hood.

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Shalini Gupta Presents AASHE 2015 Closing Keynote Address Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy Shalini Gupta presented the closing keynote address for the AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo.

Ms. Gupta's extensive ...

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Solar Thermal Systems on Campus, Seven years of hard knock lessons learned. Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University has been installing renewable energy systems on campus since 2006. This has been largely due to the student led REI (Renewable Energy Initiative) that adds a $5 ...

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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Building Renewable Energy Infrastructure On a Growing Campus Membership Required

  • Skidmore College (NY)

This case study will show attendees how one institution was able to dramatically reduce its GHG emissions while simultaneously growing in both institutional square footage and enrollment. From the year ...

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Campus-wide plug load inventory and resulting energy reduction programs Membership Required

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

Stanford University completed a comprehensive equipment inventory in 2014, collecting detailed plug load data to inform targeted energy reduction strategies. Twelve student interns inventoried 55 types of electronic equipment in ...

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Using Retro-Commissioning to Increase Climate Action Plan Resiliency Membership Required

  • Seattle Pacific University (WA)
  • Paladino and Company (WA)

Seattle Pacific University created a climate action plan in June 2010. The goal of the plan is to reduce natural gas consumption 20% by 2015 and be a carbon neutral ...

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Spartan Treasure Hunt: Direct Engagement of Building Occupants in Energy Saving Opportunities Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The Spartan Treasure Hunt is an early step in the building commissioning process. It engages building occupants to help identify opportunities for energy savings and system improvements during a building ...

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Ten Years and Counting: Navigating the First Decade of Utility-Scale Campus Wind Turbine Operation Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • St. Olaf College (MN)

For a town of just over 20,000 people, it's thrilling to see three utility-scale wind turbines on the Northfield, MN horizon. Carleton College installed its first wind turbine ...

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Reimagining the 21st Century Research Library Membership Required

  • BNIM Architects (MO)
  • Integral Group (CA)

The university is transforming; the ivory tower is shifting towards a porous campus. How do you transform a library of books into a trans-disciplinary hub for collaboration and innovation? As ...

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Engaging Students in Energy Reduction - on and off campus Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

At CU boulder, Residence Life and the Environmental Center are working together to provide all our students with what that they need to practice energy efficiency at home – whether on ...

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Setting Building Energy Use Goals: Tracking Climate Action Plan targets and successes Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

This panel discussion will share the experience of three campuses in setting energy use goals for campus facilities. As energy and sustainability managers, the presenters will share their approaches to ...

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Educating Energy Professionals of the Future Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Xcel Energy

What's needed in our programs to educate future energy leaders? How will the gap of 50% of the utility workforce retiring in the next decade be filled? How can ...

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Measuring and Addressing Impacts of Campus Oil and Gas Consumption Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Equitable Origin (NY)

Calculation and offsetting of campus carbon emissions are valuable tools to educate students about their contributions to GHG emissions and climate change. However, the external costs of oil and gas ...

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How an ESCO Brought a 'Just in Time' Sustainability Teaching Opportunity to NMSU's 'Conservation and Modernization' project Membership Required

  • New Mexico State University (NM)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

The 'Conservation and Modernization' project at New Mexico State University is about sustainability education on all levels for campus occupants while doing the tough work of mechanical upgrades and lighting ...

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Net Zero Energy: The Growing National Landscape + Profiles from Three Institutions Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)

Net zero energy (NZE) buildings are becoming more prevalent through advancements in design, construction, technology, and building operations. The last five years have been a significant period of growth, with ...

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Renewable and Carbon Free: Aiming for net zero energy and net zero greenhouse gas Membership Required

  • University of California, Merced (CA)

Since Campus opened in 2005, UC Merced has demonstrated success in everything from green building to energy efficiency to waste diversion. These successes combined with what we have learned has ...

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Tools for Sustainability Master Plans: Key Performance Indicators & Campus Investments Membership Required

  • Kirksey (TX)

A rapid growth of STARS in last decade has established Sustainability Master Plans (SMPs) at over 300 universities nationwide. SMPs are using metrics like 'Energy Use Intensity', '% total expenditures' and ...

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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