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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10 kW Rooftop Array: Institute for Behavioral Sciences Carport

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

10 kW array installed in 2011 with an annual estimated production of 13,000 kWh. Location: Northern main campus, 1440 15th St Boulder, CO

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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1 MW Solar Field (10 acre site)

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

In December 2015, Georgia Power leaders joined University of Georgia officials to dedicate a new one megawatt solar tracking demonstration project. The new project is located on a 10-acre site ...

  • Posted Dec. 9, 2016
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122 kW Building Integrated Solar Array: Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The Performing Arts Centre has the distinction of being Canada’s largest facility to integrate solar photovoltaic (PV) technology into the construction. A unique part of this facility is the ...

  • Posted Dec. 9, 2016
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22 kW Array: Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) Centre

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Sunlight at the center is controlled through 22 KW solar PV solar shades and high-performance glazing on the windows.

  • Posted Dec. 9, 2016
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19 kW Ground Mount: Sustainable Village Solar PV

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

The Sustainable Village Solar project is a partnership between the student sustainability/RISE board, University of Alaska Community and Technical College, GVEA, UAF students and the Cold Climate Housing Research ...

  • Posted Dec. 9, 2016
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15 kW Wall Mount: Engineering Building

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

In October 2015, 15 kw worth of PV's were activated and began supplying power to the UAF Electrical Grid at the Engineering Building. The first day, the panels generated ...

  • Posted Dec. 9, 2016
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13 kW Wall Mount: Student Recreation Center

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

The first student solar project on campus was conducted in 2012 on the SRC, designed to be a 13kW system. The SRC system replaces about 4 percent of the 2009 ...

  • Posted Dec. 9, 2016
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Green Gigawatt Partnership: Tips and Tricks for On-Campus Solar

  • Howard University (DC)
  • Washington and Lee University (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Altenex, LLC (CA)

The Green Gigawatt Partnership is designed to help AASHE members catalyze one gigawatt of renewable generation capacity by 2020. In 2017, this AASHE initiative will offer members support for both ...

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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167 kW Rooftop Array: Alfond Athletic Center

  • Thomas College (ME)

The "Alfond Array” is one of the state’s largest solar photovoltaic arrays. Made up of almost 700 solar panels on the Alfond Athletic Center, this 175 kWh system produces ...

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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154 kW Solar Parking Garage

  • Northwest Vista College (TX)

Northwest Vista College (NVC) installed a 154-kilowatt solar system on its parking garage in November 2013.

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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100 kW Solar Carport

  • State University of New York at Farmingdale (NY)

Farmingdale State College today unveiled a carport/charging station that is a major component of the $24 million Long Island Smart Energy Corridor funded by $12 million from the U ...

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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100 kW Rooftop Array: Gateway Center

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

The new Gateway Center features a roof-mounted 100 kW solar PV array as well as solar thermal systems to provide electricity and hot water

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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33 kW Roof Mount & Bus Ports: Scobee Education Center

  • San Antonio College (TX)
  • Texas Solar Power Company (TX)

At the Scobee Education Center, Alamo Colleges’ multipurpose science hub, there is a 33-kilowatt array designed for high visibility and accessibility. In addition, two highly visible solar bus ports, made ...

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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24 kW Roof Mount: Eco Centro

  • San Antonio College (TX)
  • Texas Solar Power Company (TX)

Thanks to the rooftop array at William R. Sinkin Eco Centro, this is the only building at at San Antonio College that, at peak, produces more electricity than the building ...

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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23 kW Rooftop Array: Baker Laboratory

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

Baker features a 23 kW photovoltaic system that provides window shading to the south side of the building.

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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15 kW Rooftop Array: Walters Hall

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

The photovoltaic (PV) panels installed this week at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) convert sunlight to electricity and are expected to contribute to a 20 percent ...

  • Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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1.5 MW Solar Field

  • Santa Fe College (FL)
  • Positive Energy Solar (NM)

Santa Fe Community College’s commitment to renewable energy continues with the recent 1.5 MW solar system installation by Positive Energy Solar – one that will produce a full 44 ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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156 kW Rooftop & Canopy Arrays: Santa Fe Higher Education Center

  • Santa Fe College (FL)
  • Positive Energy Solar (NM)

Positive Energy Solar has completed a new 156 kW solar array for Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) in Santa Fe, N.M. The array joins two existing solar installations built ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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96 kW Solar Array: The Village Student Housing

  • Prescott College (AZ)

100 percent of electricity production at The Village comes from a 96 kW solar photovoltaic system, making it a net zero building.

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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12 kW Ground Mount Demonstration Array

  • Santa Fe College (FL)
  • Positive Energy Solar (NM)

The college announced a partnership with Positive Energy Solar on two major projects impacting both student learning and campus sustainability. The first of those projects is an 11.8kW array ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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5 kW Rooftop Array: Science, Research & Teaching Center

  • Portland State University (OR)

Roof-top Photovoltaic Test Facility researches effects of combining solar panels with eco-roof technology.

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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4 kW Rooftop Array: Academic & Student Recreation Center

  • Portland State University (OR)

Key strategies include solar electricity generation that provides power to the student rec center.

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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2.9 MW Ground Mount Arrays

  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • SolarCity

Since 2013, five large grid-tied, ground-mounted solar electric (photovoltaic) arrays have been installed on agricultural lands operated by Oregon State University as part of “Solar by Degrees,” a large-scale photovoltaic ...

  • Posted Dec. 6, 2016
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61 kW Rooftop Array: Storage Shed

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • Dovetail Solar & Wind (OH)

This project was completed in 2012 and included: the installation of a 61.1 kW photovoltaic array by Dove Tail Solar and Wind on the roof of the storage shed ...

  • Posted Dec. 6, 2016
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48 kW Rooftop Array: Student Experience Center

  • Oregon State University (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. 6, 2016
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2 kW Rooftop Array: Kelley Engineering Center

  • Oregon State University (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. 6, 2016
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2 kW Solar Trailer

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 6, 2016
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1 kW Rooftop Array: Hatfield Marine Science Center

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 6, 2016
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108 kW Solar Carport: Parking Lot 100

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 5, 2016
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25 kW Sunflower Solar Array

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 5, 2016
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22 kW Rooftop Array: Partners I Building

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 5, 2016
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2.4 MW Solar Field

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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150 kW Rooftop Solar System on Campus

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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150 kW Rooftop Array: Benson Solar System

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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113 kW Rooftop Array: Batten Hall, Harvard Business School

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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98 kW Rooftop Array: Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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71 kW Rooftop Array: Tata Hall, Harvard Business School

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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48 kW Rooftop Array: Morgan Hall, Harvard Business School

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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37 kW Rooftop Array: Shad Hall, Harvard Business School

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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34 kW Rooftop Array: 25 Travis Street, Harvard Business School

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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31 kW Rooftop Array: Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Garage

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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20 kW Rooftop Array: Center for World Religions, Harvard Divinity School

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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11 kW Rooftop Array: Science Center, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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6 kW Solar Charging Station

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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4 kW Rooftop Array: Solar Garage

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2016
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A geographic approach to facilitating local climate governance: From emissions inventories to mitigation planning

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


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

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 ...


182 kW Rooftop Array: El Pomar Sports Center

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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101 kW Rooftop Array: EKG Cornerstone Arts Center

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 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.

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