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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Quantity and Electricity Consumption of Plug Load Equipment on a University Campus

  • Stanford University (CA)

The percent of energy consumed by plug load equipment in commercial buildings is on the rise. Research conducted in the past has included surveying plug load equipment, measuring plug load ...

  • Posted April 3, 2017
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Green Gigawatt Partnership: Reinventing Renewable Power Purchase Agreements for Higher Education

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

The higher education renewable energy market has grown dramatically in recent years as campus buyers have executed power purchase agreements (PPAs). But for all of the successes, two substantial obstacles ...

  • Posted March 30, 2017
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From Reactive to Proactive: Findings From Analyzing 400 School Buildings

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Buildpulse (WA)

Facility teams are extremely busy, and have a growing workload that is tackled with resources that are spread increasingly thin. Automating even a small portion of their jobs can free ...

  • Posted March 21, 2017
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Do Green Buildings Outperform Conventional Buildings? Indoor Environment and Energy Performance in North American Offices

A comprehensive post-occupancy investigation of the performance of ìgreenî and ìconventionalî office buildings has been completed. The study included occupant surveys and physical building and energy use data collected from ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
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Texas A&M gets ‘gold’ rating for campus sustainability

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Posted March 14, 2017
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Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Higher education is uniquely positioned to both expand and benefit from climate leadership. Many universities and colleges have substantially stepped up their commitments and efforts to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG ...

  • Posted March 14, 2017
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Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • University at Albany (NY)
  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Butte College (CA)
  • Ball State University (IN)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • University of Delaware (DE)

America’s institutions of higher education can play a crucial role in the fight to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Colleges and universities across the country should aggressively ...

  • Posted March 14, 2017
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Sharing the Load: Aggregating Renewable Energy Purchases with Others

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

The idea of pooling resources to increase bargaining power is not new. But it is being newly applied to renewable energy purchases. Now, no matter the size or location of ...

  • Posted March 9, 2017
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SAVE Sustainable Actions Visible Effects

  • Academy of Court Reporting (OH)
  • Pomona College (CA)

Project Overview Pomona-College is excited to present their innovative partnership with MelRok, “The Streaming Energy Innovator”. This partnership is the foundation of Pomona’s SAVE, Sustainable Actions Visible Effects initiative ...

  • Posted March 9, 2017
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University of Chicago New Construction Procurement Case Study: Securing Your Investment in Sustainability

  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Seventhwave (WI)

Join AASHE and Second Nature for an in-depth look under the hood of the University of Chicago’s innovative procurement approach to establish a measurable energy performance requirement in their ...

  • Posted March 7, 2017
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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Taking Carbon Off-Setting Beyond the Campus

  • Furman University (SC)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar tells the story of the Community Conservation Corps (CCC), a community weatherization program run through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University. The CCC was ...

  • Posted Feb. 23, 2017
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Plans and Living Practices for the Green Campus of Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study aims to comprehend Portland State University (PSU)’s green campus strategies, and students’ level of knowledge and living practices relating to green campus. PSU’s sustainable campus plan ...

  • Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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Encouraging Revolving Door Usage in a Mixed-Use Building: The Influence of Visual Prompts and Descriptive Social Norms

  • Lesley University (MA)

This field experiment investigated effects of a descriptive norms-based sign combined with five footprint sticker decal prompts directing individuals to help save energy by using a revolving door, as opposed ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2017
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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Developing Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Strategies Through Student Research

  • University of Houston (TX)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • AASHE (PA)

Student groups at the University of Houston and University of Michigan have developed strategies for energy efficiency and water conservation on campus through research.

At the University of Michigan, a ...

  • Posted Feb. 16, 2017
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The State of Sustainability in Higher Education 2016: The Life Cycle of Higher Education Facilities

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

Over the past two decades, colleges and universities have embraced numerous programs to minimize their environmental impact.

What were the “wins” for sustainability in higher education in 2016?

The annual ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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Green Gigawatt Partnership: How to Apply for AASHE's On Campus Solar Project Support

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

AASHE is offering cost-free support for up to five campuses (http://greengigawatt.org/aashe-campus-project.php) to develop and implement on-campus (or near campus) solar projects.This webinar presents how the ...

  • Posted Feb. 9, 2017
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Going green in architectural education: An urban living lab experiment for a graduation green design studio in Saint Catherine, Egypt

  • Lund University

Given the current energy crises, recent efforts have been directed at bringing energy efficiency and environmental awareness across the board into architectural education in Egypt. Although interest in sustainable design ...


2015 National Solar Jobs Census

  • George Washington University (DC)

The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2015 is the sixth annual update of current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. It found that ...


Energy Efficiency Jobs in America

This report finds that energy efficiency is a massive employer with 1.9 million jobs nationwide and thousands of jobs in each and every state. The report, based on U ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Clean Jobs America: A comprehensive analysis of clean energy jobs in America

In this comprehensive analysis of clean energy and clean transportation jobs, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) finds that more than 2.5 million Americans now work in clean energy at businesses across ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts (DC)

Despite a lack of sustained policy attention and investment, the emerging clean energy economy has grown considerably - extending to all 50 states, engaging a wide variety of workers and generating ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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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, National University of Ireland

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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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

Edison Energy

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