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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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50 kW Canopy Array: Deep Green Residence Hall

  • Berea College (KY)

This array of 114 photovoltaic (PV) panels will generate electricity to meet just over 15% of the building’s energy needs: at 50 kW. This rooftop system utilizes a series ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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35 kW Rooftop Array: Worner Campus Center

  • Colorado College (CO)

Approximately 144 solar panels producing 35KW were installed on the Worner Center roof to help offset the electrical usage in the building. An interactive flatscreen on the main floor monitors ...

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20 kW Rooftop Array: Children's Center

  • Colorado College (CO)

The Children’s Center at Colorado College received solar panels, which produce 414,000 kilowatt hours a year.

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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18 kW Rooftop Array: Spencer Center

  • Colorado College (CO)

An 18kW array was installed as part of building renovations in 2014.

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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11 kW Rooftop Array: Dean of Students' Residence

  • Colorado College (CO)

A 10.7kW array.

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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7 kW Rooftop Array: President's House

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

The 21 roof-mounted photovoltaic cells were installed by Western Sun Systems and produce 6.9 kilowatts of power. That’s enough electricity to meet about 80 percent of the total ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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7 kW Rooftop Array: Synergy House

  • Colorado College (CO)

The Synergy House is Colorado College's first net-zero energy building, designed as a prototype for students to study and discuss as the college moves toward carbon neutrality. House features ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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1 kW Rooftop Array: KRCC Radio Station

  • Colorado College (CO)

Radio station KRCC, an NPR-member station and home of Radio Colorado College, has installed a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar power system, making it the first solar installation on a radio ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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Best Practices for Solar PPAs

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

Solar energy is now economically feasible in many states of the U.S. The question is who pays for the solar panels? The costs of design, installation, operation and maintenance ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Institutional Change through Student-Led Initiatives: The Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The ASUREI is a student-led, student-funded organization that reduces the environmental impact of Appalachian State University by implementing renewable energy technologies, investing in sustainable energy practices, and promoting campus engagement ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Powering a New South: Sustainability and Energy in the Southern US

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Through an examination of the processes and experiences of a yearlong, multi-disciplinary university press project, students, instructors, and press advisors will examine energy through the lens of our local experience ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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We're Divesting! Where can we Move our Money?

  • National Union of Students

Working with others in the Divest-Invest movement this workshop will present the steps that can be taken once a fossil fuel divestment commitment has been secured. The workshop will cover ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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LEED Green Associate Training V4

  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

LEED Green Associate Training covers information needed for preparation for the GBCI LEED Green Associate exam. Presented by Leonardo Academy staff: Michael Arny, President of Leonardo Academy who was the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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How to Use Renewables to Cut Carbon and Boost the Bottom Line

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Howard University (DC)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

This workshop will help participants develop comprehensive renewable energy plans that educate campus stakeholders, dramatically reduce GHGs, and provide cost savings and budget certainty by avoiding volatile conventional energy costs ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Energy Engineering for Non-Engineers

  • GreenerU (MA)

Much of the change we need to make in order to address climate change and sustainability challenges relates to engineering, but that doesn't mean everyone needs an engineering degree ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Using Campus Solar Deployment Roadmaps to Guide University Investment

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) has been working to develop approaches and define opportunities for on- and ...

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Ganging Up to Go Big: Campus Collaborations to Achieve Scale with Renewables

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Electricity is the single largest source of emissions for most campuses, and renewable energy is the only way to eliminate those emissions. But renewable energy is still unfamiliar territory for ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 2

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 1

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

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Assessing the Campus Sector's Renewable Energy Performance

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

While colleges and universities across the U.S. have invested significant effort and resources towards using renewables for their operations, much is unknown about the campus sector's overall performance ...

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University of California's Presidential Initiative for Carbon Neutrality: A Multi-Institutional, Multi-Dimensional Perspective

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)

The 2014 UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative builds on pioneering work on climate research to make all ten campuses carbon neutral in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025. All UC ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Embolden Facilities and Finance Office Collaborations for Sustainability

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

Two major national association organizations - representing facilities and business offices - will highlight collaborations, programs, and developments regarding sustainability that cross boundaries for success. Collaboration with these units, within a campus ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Financing Sustainability and How to REALLY Talk to the Business Office

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Two experienced vice presidents of finance will briefly discuss some of their accomplishments in sustainability and their partners at the campus that have helped or hindered. They have changed laws ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Open Sesame: Low-Cost Sub-Meter Data Visualization

  • Macalester College (MN)

Learn how Macalester, as the next step of the College's sub-metering initiative, has leveraged no-cost and open-source solutions through HTML and XML, Google Apps, and Tableau to display utilities ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Engaging Laboratories in Sustainability

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

Laboratories contribute significantly to a university's environmental footprint. At research institutions they can account for more than half of the campus energy consumption, consume hundreds of thousands of gallons ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Building Sustainable Communities: an International Collaboration Between Island Communities and Academia

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)

Through community engagement and a plan for economic rejuvenation Samsø¸ Island, Denmark became one of the first carbon negative communities in the world. In 2014, an international partnership between Samsø ...

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Student Activism for Community Energy Efficiency: Harnessing ENERGY STAR Activities and Resources for the Public Good

  • American University (DC)

As part of an annual elective course in Sustainable Design, American University (AU) graduate students in the Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service undertake a real-world ...

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Paving the Way for Increased Solar Utilization in Higher Education

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • Center for Resource Solutions (CA)
  • Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (VA)

Colleges and universities are increasingly interested in deploying solar technologies to power and green up their campuses. However, financing, legal, administrative, and policy barriers can often get in the way ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Integrating Solar PV in Building Overhauls

  • Chesapeake College (MD)
  • United States Department of Energy

The Health Professions and Athletics Center at Chesapeake College received a complete overhaul before its re-opening in August, 2015. Aiming for LEED Platinum certification, a 1.7 MW solar project ...

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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

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Scores

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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