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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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)
  • Shane Stennes (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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Beyond Boundaries in Oberlin, Ohio: College and Community Collaboration for Developing Sustainable and Resilient Energy Systems Membership Required

  • Oberlin College (OH)

What does it mean to be a leader and create transformational change in a community and beyond? This is the profound experiment happening in Oberlin, Ohio. Here, we are daring ...

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Driving Energy Efficiency through Higher Education Collaboration Membership Required

  • Heartland Community College (IL)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)
  • CB&I (TX)

Alliance to Retrofit Chicago Higher Ed (ARCH) brings together higher education institutions in the Chicago area to share best practices and lessons learned around expanding efficiency in existing buildings and ...

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Zero Net Energy Tiny Houses: A Campus Sustainable Housing Solution Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The THIMBY (Tiny House in My Backyard) Student Group from UC Berkeley will be presenting on the design process of building a pilot, zero net energy tiny house on a ...

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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Green and Sustainable Energy Systems Membership Required

  • Kent State University (OH)

A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power system technology is one of the greenest and sustainable energy technologies that tackle the global energy-environmental challenges. In the U.S., approximately 70 ...

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Combined Heat and Power: Bridge to a Carbon Neutral Future Membership Required

  • Shane Stennes (MN)

Universities and colleges often use district energy systems to supply heat to campus buildings. Most of these systems are fossil fueled and comprise a significant percentage of an institution's ...

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Strategic Energy & Utility Strategies Membership Required

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

Saint Louis University (SLU) is motivated to work towards sustainable energy solutions and committed to the reduction of energy consumption. The Division of Facilities Services has recognized this need and ...

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The Solar Endowment: A PV Investment Roadmap for US Universities Membership Required

  • Shane Stennes (MN)
  • Illinois State University (IL)
  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

US colleges and universities are currently in a position to make substantial solar project investments on their campuses and associated properties. With the near nationwide adoption of the Prudent Management ...

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Getting it Done - Removing Roadblocks to Renewables Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This interactive, problem solving workshop will explore and highlight solutions to overcome bottlenecks to implementing large scale renewable projects for your university. We will delve into internal as well as ...

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Ramping Up Renewables in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Altenex (MA)

You are responsible for managing your institution's energy-related emissions and costs: You may have implemented on-campus projects or have aspirations to do so. Maybe you are buying unbundled Renewable ...

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Institutional Performance Energy Optimization: How a Management Model and Skilled Workforce Embed Efficiency Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • ICF International (VA)
  • United States Department of Energy

University of California, Irvine has achieved 23% energy savings over 5 years, the 20% goal of U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, 7 years early. The Smart ...

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Students Powering the Energy Transition Membership Required

  • Shane Stennes (MN)

How can students make a positive impact on public policy and decision makers to help our energy system transition to a sustainable future? Ellen Anderson, former energy advisor to Governor ...

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Renewable Energy Workshop: Design Your Plan Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Altenex (MA)

This is an interactive, working session that will help attendees: 1. Identify the key issues to consider re: renewable energy and their institutions, including product configurations and financing options; 2 ...

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Developing Energy Management Programs for a More Sustainable Campus Membership Required

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills (CA)
  • Enlighted Inc. (CA)

In 2012, California State University Dominguez Hills' Central Plant Manager, Kenny Seeton, was tasked with finding a way to limit energy expenditures on campus in order to meet the university ...

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Deploying On-Site Renewable Energy Generation at Colleges and Universities: A Guide to What You Need to Know Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • ERG Consulting Firm (MA)

Colleges and universities are increasingly deploying on-site renewable energy generation technologies to power their campuses. The drivers of this growth are the falling prices of renewable technologies and federal, state ...

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Achieving Ambitious Energy Goals on a University Campus Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)
  • Hord Coplan Macht (MD)

This session will describe the tools and process used to design a public higher education building that is modeled to save 40% over ASHRAE. The owner utilized a quasi-Performance Design ...

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The competition landscape: 5 years of data from Campus Conservation Nationals Membership Required

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)
  • Lucid (CA)

Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is the nation's largest electricity and water reduction competition for college campuses. It aims to engage, educate, motivate and empower students and staff to reduce ...

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Hastily Formed and Sufficiently Executed Support for a Thesis That Changed Student Energy Use Membership Required

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Lucid (CA)

Using the campus as a learning laboratory is a great concept. Doing it well often means busy people from different quarters of the campus community coming together to plan and ...

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Rice University Integrated Climate and Energy Master Plan (RICEMaP) Membership Required

  • Rice University (TX)
  • Sebesta (MN)

Beginning in 2012, Rice University - a signatory of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) - partnered with Sebesta to develop the Rice Integrated Climate and Energy Master ...

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Achieving and Promoting a Lower Carbon Footprint on Campus - Energy Efficiency and Solar Arrays Membership Required

  • Spelman College (GA)
  • Sterling Planet, Inc. (GA)

Visible marketing is the path to community engagement and public outreach initiatives to grow development of sustainable changes on campus and within our communities. Whether completing energy efficiency project or ...

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Assessing the Feasibility of a Microgrid to Reinforce Campus Climate Resiliency Membership Required

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Catastrophic weather events like Katrina, Irene, Sandy and others have raised concern about being prepared for the uncertainties of climate change. Students participating in the summer Middlebury School of the ...

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Sustainable Residential Living: Energy Monitoring on a College Campus Membership Required

  • Macalester College (MN)

This panel presentation will analyze the unique benefits and challenges associated with the installation of an energy monitoring system on a college campus from multiple perspectives. Macalester College recently installed ...

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Fossil Fuel Free Fish House Membership Required

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

For the past year, the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office has been working with several partners to create a fossil fuel-free fish house. The house will eventually be placed on ...

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Greening the Sciences at Colorado College Membership Required

  • Colorado College (CO)

As members of the Sustainability Council at Colorado College, we learned that science buildings use far more energy for their size than other buildings on a college campus. So we ...

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Engineering Meetup & Mixer Membership Required

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

In our past attendance at AASHE, we have found that there was no nexus for technical faculty and students to gravitate towards. While we are strong supporters of interdisciplinary collaboration ...

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Lessons from Germany to the US 3: Power Membership Required

  • Grinnell College (IA)

Solar is much more extensively used in Germany than in the U. S., in part because of feed-in tariffs that encourage both homeowners and larger institutions to install solar panels ...

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Beyond Conservation-Reimagining the Purpose of Energy Education: An interactive issue of Journal of Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Prescott College (AZ)

A major challenge to human quality of life in the 21st century is going to be our successful ability to shift the burden of our energy resources and the way ...

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Sustainability without sacrifice: How URIs are saving money & reducing GHG emissions by investing in energy efficiency Membership Required

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Finding a way to prioritize and finance sustainability projects can be difficult for any institution, but may present a unique struggle at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and under-resourced institutions (URIs). To ...

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Sustainable design and construction contest Membership Required

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Universidad de Monterrey created a multidisciplinary contest were students must develop an alternative energy systems and sustainable building proposal on a non-profit organization that attends people in situations of vulnerability ...

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A Multi-Decadal Appraisal of the Demotechnic Index: 1980-2012 Membership Required

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

The Demotechnic Index (D-Index) is a metric of energy efficiency calculated by summing technological energy use and metabolic energy requirements of a population then dividing by the metabolic energy requirement ...

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The University of Iowa Biomass Energy Sustainability Index Membership Required

  • University of Iowa (IA)

The University of Iowa (UI) is working to decrease its use of fossil fuels and explore new energy alternatives to meet its goal of 40 percent renewable energy by 2020 ...

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Hair dryers, gaming systems, and fans: Engaging an online Social Psychology Class in an Energy Competition for Residence Halls Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

This presentation describes the development, implementation, and outcomes of an online Social Psychology class project designed to reduce energy consumption among students living in a campus residence hall. The co-curricular ...

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University of Missouri Energy Strategies Student Advisory Group: What's Our Potential? Membership Required

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Students and staff at the University of Missouri (MU) created the Energy Strategies Student Advisory Group (ESSAG) in 2012 to explore coal-free technologies for our on-site energy management facility. Through ...

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Innovations in building renewable biomass energy infrastructure for effective operational and academic performance Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has been increasingly expanding its renewable energy infrastructure on campus during the past decade. The university's renewable energy portfolio now includes geothermal, solar thermal ...

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Lights Out! Membership Required

  • Wells College (NY)

I was part of a small group of students assigned the topic of 'Energy Usage' as a project in our Psychology of Environmental Sustainability Class. We wanted to measure the ...

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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.

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