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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Engaging in Efficiency: Models for Campus – Led Energy Partnerships Membership Required

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System Office (KY)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • United States Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) is a partnership program engaging colleges, universities, and the commercial buildings sector to improve the efficiency of the nation ...

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Energy Metering for Energy Management; If You Can’t Measure It... Membership Required

  • Honeywell (NH)

Energy management requires energy information, and energy meters are a key source of energy information. Metering answers these questions: which buildings are "energy hogs"? Where and when is electric power ...

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Partnerships Open New Capital Market to Spur Campus Energy Innovation Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Chevrolet (OR)
  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • Spelman College (GA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Six partners come together to share their unique perspectives on what it takes to drive systemic change across US higher education – using a ground-breaking series of public/private partnerships to ...

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Attitudes On and Modeling Of Energy Usage Practices on College Campuses Membership Required

  • Manhattan College (NY)

Last year survey findings related to user behavior from the Information Sciences Institute’s flagship smart grid project (a University of Southern California (USC) research institution) captured attitudes toward energy ...

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Smart Housing Project: Measuring Use and Motivating Change Membership Required

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Thirteen million college students live in on-campus housing in the United States. Since these students typically do not pay their utility bills directly, efforts to motivate efficiency and conservation changes ...

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Tools of the Trade: How Web Apps Can Increase Energy Efficiency Impact Membership Required

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

How can the right web tools help you better track and assess energy efficiency and photovoltaic projects? This workshop will bring together expert practitioners to talk about three leading web ...

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Case studies on behavior change and energy efficiency Membership Required

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Like many other areas of sustainability, energy efficiency solutions require a multifaceted approach. Retrofits and advancements in technology aren’t effective enough on their own. Behavior change strategies can be ...

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Putting the U in Community Solar: Creating a local, meaningful offset program Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)

U Community Solar is an innovative program to give the University of Utah a local, tangible way to offset its carbon footprint over the next 20 years. The one-time program ...

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Large Scale Solar ’Near the Fence’ Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

George Washington University (GW) and American University (AU) are collaborating on a major Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) called the Capital Partners Solar Project, along with George Washington University Hospital. The ...

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Lessons and Outcomes from a Campus-Wide Plug Load Equipment Inventory Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

In order to better quantify electricity consumption and prioritize savings opportunities, Stanford has developed and launched a room-by-room physical inventory to collect data on approximately 30 types of electricity-consuming equipment ...

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Energy Hog in the House: Bringing Energy Efficiency to Life Membership Required

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

The Energy Hog program is an entertaining and extremely effective outreach tool for college students to engage interested audiences from their community on topics related to energy. For many people ...

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A trans-disciplinary strategy to energy efficiency at a university Membership Required

  • University of Johannesburg (Gauteng)

In recent years, the costs of electricity in South Africa have increased significantly (cumulative 230% increase between 2008 and 2014), thus many institutions of higher education are seeking ways to ...

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Navigating the Renewable Road at Appalachian State University Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

With seventeen standalone systems built on campus over the past seven years, Appalachian State University has the most diverse portfolio of renewable energy systems in the University of North Carolina ...

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Modernizing your Microscopes: Light Source Retrofits Membership Required

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Research laboratories are a universal fixture on higher education campuses, and as a result of outdated technology, present a prime opportunity for energy efficiency upgrades. Many of these labs rely ...

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Smart Labs: Because no one wants a dumb one Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The University of Minnesota’s 2011 Climate Action Plan identified laboratory energy consumption as a key driver of campus emissions and as a prime opportunity for reducing those emissions. At ...

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Energy Reduction in Campus Labs—Equipment Inventory and the UF Freezer Challenge Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

In 2014, the University of Florida implemented a pilot program of the Freezer Challenge. This friendly competition is geared towards university lab staff around the nation to encourage good laboratory ...

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Developing partnerships with students around energy use: the role of energy literacy Membership Required

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Carbon reduction and climate change are key agendas in UK higher education (HE), as they are internationally. Existing research has highlighted the importance of developing partnerships for sustainable development in ...

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The Cornerstone of Sustainability: Implementing an Efficiency Master Plan Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • ERS (MA)

Across the nation, campuses striving for leadership on sustainability and climate change need to make energy efficiency the cornerstone of their efforts. The first step to achieving every aspect of ...

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Off-site Power Purchase Agreements for Renewable Electricity Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • Altenex (MA)

Colleges and universities are committing to aggressive emission reduction goals as part of their efforts to reduce their carbon footprints and meet their commitments under the ACUPCC. Electricity use commonly ...

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Solar Potential: GIS Assessment using LiDAR Data Membership Required

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has become one of the most widely used tools across various fields of study, with applications for natural disaster preparation, conservation, transportation, education and real estate ...

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Solar Procurement Templates & Tools for Higher Education Membership Required

  • Altenex (MA)

Is your institution interested in solar, but unsure how to begin the solar procurement process? Or is your institution inundated with unsolicited solar proposals from vendors, but is unable to ...

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Know Watts Cooking - The Physics of Energy Efficient Cooking Course Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

In an effort to provide first year freshmen with an innovative, hands-on, conceptual science-based sustainable education experience, a new freshmen seminar class entitled “Know Watts Cooking – The Physics of Energy ...

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The University North Carolina’s System-Wide Energy Initiative Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The 2014 Appalachian Energy Summit is the third annual gathering for the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. Through this ongoing, year-round initiative, campus leaders from across higher education ...

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Energy Efficiency at Carleton University. Membership Required

  • Carleton University (ON)

The Carleton University Campus, in Ottawa, Canada, consists of 44 main buildings built between 1960 and 2013 that range in type of usage: Housing, Laboratories, an Athletic Centre, Commercial Businesses ...

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Understanding Your Campus Solar Energy Potential Membership Required

  • EcoMotion (CA)

Solar energy is a rapidly developing and changing technology. Costs for solar installations have never been cheaper. Understanding how solar energy can work on your campus, learning how it impacts ...

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Students Heat Up Las Pintas: An immersive service experience in solar technology Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Water is a necessity for all of us, but to some, heating it is a luxury. Now in its second year, the Las Pintas Solar Experience takes Johnson County Community ...

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Solar Village Community Microgrid- Four Homes, Focused on Energy Membership Required

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

The solar village at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has installed a functioning microgrid to study power and energy systems at the residential and community level. This system ...

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Sponsored Theater Presentation: Sterling Planet Membership Required

  • Sterling Planet, Inc. (GA)

Even with recent impressive gains in energy efficiency on college campuses, there is still significant room for improvement. At issue is how to implement energy conservation and load management measures ...

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Two models of leveraging campus initiatives to enhance sustainability at the University of British Columbia Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

With the aim to reduce carbon footprint of campus operations at the University of British Columbia, biomass is utilized for energy production. Campus as a living lab initiative established the ...

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Integrating Sustainability Initiatives and Green Energy Infrastructure on Engineering College Campuses Membership Required

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)

Emphasis on sustainability in higher education over the last decade prompted the formation of nonprofit organizations, like the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which administers ...

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A History of Resiliency and Adaptation: The Renewable Energy Initiative at Appalachian State University Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The nature of how we interact with the world has been affected by global climate change—we must be resilient. Appalachian State University (ASU) is adapting through the student-led Renewable ...

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Designing an Energy-Saving Campaign Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Our myPower campaign envisions a future where all campus stakeholders take action to save energy. The initiative combines campus commitment, coordination with a larger energy effort, communications strategies based on ...

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Establishing a Campus Energy Use Policy for UC Berkeley Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

UC Berkeley is adopting a campus energy policy this spring after almost 2 years of process. The policy is part of the campus’ groundbreaking UC Berkeley Energy Management Initiative and ...

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Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) is motivated to reduce ASU’s carbon footprint. Using a budget of about $170,000 in student fees each year, we consider renewable ...

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Current On-Campus Attitudes toward Energy Usage, Efficiency, and Emerging Technologies Membership Required

  • Manhattan College (NY)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
  • University of Southern California (CA)

The need to innovate comprehensive, long-term sustainability solutions is among the most imminent challenges facing the world today. Sustainably delivering the basic food, water, and energy supplies to people throughout ...

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ASU Carbon Neutrality: Go BIG or Watch Everyone Else Pass You By - Campus Energy Efficiency at Scale Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)

Universities and Colleges are leading the way toward a carbon neutral future for all of us. Arizona State University is an inspirational example of a campus on the frontlines of ...

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Student and Community Outreach on Rental Energy Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)

The $CORE (Student and Community Outreach on Rental Efficiency) Program was created by the Energy Program at the University of Colorado- Boulder Environmental Center and was adapted by the Student ...

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Planning for the Future: Climate and Energy Action at Stanford Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) is a first-of-its-kind energy facility and distribution system that will reduce the campus' carbon emissions by 50%, cutting water use by 18% and saving an ...

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UAF Firefighters Help Install Solar Panels Membership Required

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

The students involved in the fire science program here at UAF are not here to simply be fire fighters. You do not need a college education to do that, they ...

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Benchmark-based Whole-Building Energy Performance Targets for UC Buildings Membership Required

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

Most efforts to improve energy performance in campus buildings use efficiency standards as a reference point. Programs often specify energy efficiency at ten to thirty percent beyond ASHRAE 90.1 ...

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Plenary: Investing in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds Membership Required

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Catawba College (NC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

An increasing number of colleges are establishing green revolving funds to tap into new sources of capital and scale up their institution's commitment to investing in reducing carbon emissions ...

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On-site Power Purchase Agreements 101: What you really need to know Membership Required

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Community Energy, Inc. (PA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

In an effort to address climate change universities across the nation have made formal commitments and set targets to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions. They are now grappling with how ...

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Show Me the Money! The Benefits of Investing in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds Membership Required

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Whether your college is striving to reach its carbon-reduction goals or is considering divesting from fossil fuel companies, green revolving funds (GRFs) offer a compelling investment opportunity. With a median ...

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Implementing Behavior Change and Energy Efficiency Programs Membership Required

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Heartland Community College (IL)

Learn how the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) offered three distinct initiatives designed to promote behavior change and measurable energy reduction within the business and higher education sectors in Illinois ...

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Passive Strategies: The Common Sense Approach to Energy Reduction Membership Required

  • Lipscomb University (TN)
  • Lake Flato Architects (TX)

The path to Carbon Neutrality or Net Zero starts with intelligent passive strategies that reduce loads and minimize a building’s reliance on carbon based energy before active strategies and ...

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Using Intelligent HVAC Controls to Reduce Energy Usage in Residence Halls Membership Required

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • New York University (NY)

Technology can be used to reduce heating and cooling energy use by 25-32% in Residence Halls while keeping students climatically comfortable. The panelists will explain how they each captured these ...

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Renewable Energy Market Transformation Efforts by Illinois Community Colleges Membership Required

  • Heartland Community College (IL)
  • Southwestern Illinois College (IL)

The Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) is building the capacity of Illinois community colleges to identify and fill gaps in the renewable energy market transformation efforts across Illinois. Attend this ...

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Off-site Power Purchase Agreements: How Long-term Contracts Can Reduce Emissions and Energy Costs Membership Required

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

Colleges and universities are committing to aggressive emission reduction goals as part of their efforts to reduce their carbon footprints and meet their commitments under the ACUPCC. Electricity use commonly ...

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Building and Maintaining a System-Wide, 22-Campus Sustainable Energy Initiative Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina System Office (NC)

Appalachian State University, in conjunction with the 17-institution University of North Carolina system, is hosting the Appalachian Energy Summit on July 17-19, 2013 in Boone, North Carolina. This July’s ...

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New Funding Sources to Drive Campus Clean Energy/GHG Leadership and Innovation Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Valencia College (FL)

This workshop introduces an entirely new funding source for colleges dedicated to pursuing aggressive clean energy efficiency goals: the voluntary carbon market. With announcements poised to be made at 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.

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