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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Getting Help for Large Energy Efficiency Improvements at a Small College Membership Required

  • Wartburg College (IA)
  • Schneider Electric (TX)

In 2009 our small liberal arts college partnered with an international firm to review and analyze our energy use. Since then improvements have been installed saving us over $270,000 ...

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Achieving Long-Term Energy Conservation Through Partnerships and Collaborations. Membership Required

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Evergreen State College has achieved and maintained an 18% reduction in total campus energy consumption since 2009. This presentation will describe the partnerships, projects, and internal behavioral changes that ...

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Partnering With Utilities for Energy Efficient Dorms - Water Heating Project Study and Other Ways to Reduce Energy Membership Required

  • Pepperdine University (CA)
  • Enovative Group Inc

Higher Education Institutions are continually striving to reduce energy consumption for both environmental and cost reasons. As concerns rise with the cost of tuition, the institutions need to look at ...

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Turn Your Dorm into a 'Super Dorm'! Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

Student residence halls have a unique ecological and cost footprint within most Universities. As a result, taking advantage of the many options to improve environmental performance in dorms can save ...

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Strategies and Collective Opportunities for Procuring Renewable Electricity for Higher Education Institutions Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Colleges and universities are committing to aggressive carbon reduction goals as part of their efforts to become more sustainable and meet their commitments under the ACUPCC. The purchase of renewable ...

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Development of a GIS to Manage Campus Resources Efficiently Membership Required

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge enrolls 30,000 students each year. Efficient scheduling and use of resources is paramount to successful operations. To help facilitate this, a web application, "CSUN Facilities ...

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New Construction as Inspiration for Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Loyola's Dumbach and Cuneo Hall Membership Required

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

This presentation will share Loyola's experience in constructing a new building (Cuneo) and retrofitting a 104 year-old building (Dumbach) to achieve over 50% energy efficiency reductions in each. Working ...

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Designing for the Future: Building a Passive House Residence Hall at Emory & Henry College Membership Required

  • Emory & Henry College (VA)

Nestled in the coalfields of Southwestern Virginia, Emory & Henry College is a small liberal arts college with big plans for energy-efficient buildings. In January 2013, E&H will open its ...

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Lights Off. Game On. Experience with the Kukui Cup: A Next Generation Residence Hall Energy Competition Membership Required

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

The Kukui Cup Project explores novel ways to utilize concepts from information technology, community-based social marketing, serious games, and educational pedagogy to support positive change in sustainability-related behaviors. In 2012 ...

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Building Automation and Student Engagement Membership Required

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

Building Automation and dashboard displays are becoming increasingly popular within educational institutions. Not only do they provide a visual window into the energy use of a building, but they can ...

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Lights Out!: Training Building Occupants to Change Energy-Consuming Behaviors Membership Required

  • University of Kansas (KS)
  • Energy Solutions Professionals, LLC (KS)

Lights Out! was a 3-month friendly competition at the University of Kansas that pitted faculty and staff in three buildings against one another in an effort to see who could ...

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Mapping Renewable Energy Potential on Campus: A Case Study of a Strategic Green Fund Project Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Wonder where the best solar, wind, geothermal opportunities are on your campus? In this session, we will present one institution's year long process to answer this question through the ...

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Billion Dollar Green Challenge: How Campus Green Revolving Funds are Saving Energy and Money (2012) Membership Required

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Facing burdensome budget cuts and unstable energy costs, many colleges are grappling with how to finance urgently needed, but capital-intensive, energy efficiency retrofits. In response to this need, this workshop ...

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Achieving Energy Reductions Through Behavior: Competition Best Practices and Case Study Membership Required

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

This presentation would present an overview of 1) the potential for competitions and behavior change to help achieve significant energy reductions on college campuses; 2) an overview of best practices ...

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Envisioning and Planning a Multi-Year System-Wide Sustainable Energy Initiative Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University, in conjunction with system-wide resources from the 17-institution University of North Carolina system, is hosting the Appalachian Energy Summit on July 9-11, 2012 in Boone, North Carolina ...

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Magnetic Bearing Chillers: Reducing Costs, Electricity, Emissions, and Noises Membership Required

  • Radford University (VA)

Radford University (RU) is working towards a goal of climate neutrality. When it came time to replace the chiller that was located in Preston Hall, Radford University, consistent with its ...

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THIS SUCKS! Addressing Vampire Energy on College and University Campuses Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Vampire Energy Slayers was developed to raise awareness of vampire energy consumption at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Vampire energy accounts for over 10% of the electrical ...

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Developing Large Scale Solar on Campus: Lessons Learned Membership Required

  • University of San Diego (CA)
  • AMSOLAR International (CA)

The University of San Diego entered into a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement in 2010 with AMSOLAR, a solar development company focused on the education sector. The project was completed in ...

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The Power of Collaboration to Grow the Clean Energy Economy Membership Required

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

With the rapid emergence of energy efficiency and clean energy innovations, the higher education sector must meet new demands to maintain up-to-date facilities, to retain a highly skilled staff, and ...

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Green Light at the Jacobs University Bremen. Shift to LED. Savings up to 70 % Membership Required

  • Jacobs University

To address the challenge of restructuring the energy sector towards renewable energies, the energy efficiency has been seen as a the improvement potential with the best cost to benefit ratio ...

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Assessing Biodiesel Vehicle Performance in a Public Transportation Facility that Serves a University: Appalcart Biodiesel Fleet Performance at Appalachian State University Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalcart is a Public Transportation Authority that has a cooperative relationship with Appalachian State University (Appstate) to provide free public transportation for the Town of Boone and Watauga County in ...

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Assessing the Impact and Potential of a Student-Initiated and Maintained Small-Scale Biodiesel Production Facility: The Biodiesel Facility at Appalachian State University Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Since 2006 Appalachian State University (Appstate) in Boone, North Carolina has had a small-scale Biodiesel Research and Educational Facility capable of producing 100 gallons of biodiesel a week. The facility ...

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Student Energy Simulations Guiding Facility Retrofits: Connecting Student Learning Outcomes to Facility Efficiency Membership Required

  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GA)
  • Georgia Perimeter College (GA)

Facilities improvements on existing institutional buildings can support student learning outcomes, inter-institutional collaborations, and industry partner collaboration, especially amidst institutional budgetary challenges. A community college in the Southeastern U.S ...

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Sharing the Spirit "Do It In the Dark" Energy Conservation Challenge Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Green Mountain College's Student Campus Greening Fund, a committee that is student funded, student run and implements student projects helped fund the college's Energy Dashboard. The touch-screen monitors ...

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Designing and Operating a Certified "Living Building:" Meeting Certification and Maintaining Net-Zero Energy Membership Required

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The Tyson Living Learning Center at Washington University in St. Louis opened in May 2009 and on October 12, 2010 became one of the first two buildings in the world ...

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Murray State University Takes Advantage of Smartgrid Volt/VAR Optimization Technology Membership Required

  • Murray State University (KY)
  • Honeywell (NH)

In February 2010. UtiliData, Inc. commissioned a Smartgrid Volt/VAR Optimization system on the campus of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. The system was based upon the AdaptiVolt™ Volt ...

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Powerful Partnerships: Working with Your Local Utility to Promote and Fund Energy Efficiency Initiatives Membership Required

  • University of San Diego (CA)

During a time of budget cuts and resource constraints, colleges now more than ever need to work smarter to lower costs, and to meet their energy efficiency and sustainability goals ...

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National Campus Energy Trends: How do you measure success? Membership Required

  • Sightlines (CT)

This session will present campus energy performance metrics including national trends and specific case studies. Metrics are generated from the largest academic facilities database in the country representing nearly 10 ...

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Mindfulness in Energy Use: Course Participants Driving Conservation Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)

Universities face an increasingly challenging financial landscape. In our state, government officials have cut funding for higher education for 12 years running. This budgetary crisis, combined with increasing enrollment, has ...

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Laboratory Fume Hood Campaigns: Students Educating Staff to Save Energy Membership Required

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Students are valuable campus leaders and effective advocates for energy savings on campus, including in unique locations like scientific laboratories. By spearheading lab fume hood campaigns and/or competitions, students ...

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Who Knew Becoming NABCEP Certified Could Have a Social Justice Component? Membership Required

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (NC)

Who knew becoming NABCEP Certified Could Have a Social Justice Component?

This presentation will outline the procedures of how to become NABCEP certified for the entry Level PV and Solar ...

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WaterShed: the University of Maryland's Winning Solar Decathlon 2011 Entry Membership Required

  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

WaterShed is the net-zero home inspired by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem that won the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011. The student-designed, student-built home features constructed wetlands ...

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Analysis of Actual Energy Savings for Variable Flow Fume Hoods Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

Fume hoods are recognized as one of the major factors that result in high energy use in laboratories. To reduce their impact, many laboratories in industry and academia utilize variable-air-volume ...

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Student Summit Keynote Given by Billy Parish Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Billy Parish is Co-Founder and President of Solar Mosaic, a solar investment marketplace, and Co-Author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World. In 2002, he ...

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Demonstrating Affordable Net-Zero Energy on Campus Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Is it possible to achieve net-zero-energy performance and carbon neutrality in a retrofit of an historic residence with a tight budget? When this university's Office of Sustainability was presented ...

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The Role of Dining Services in Sustainability Programming Membership Required

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College and their food service provider, Sodexo Corporation, have worked together since 2009 to give continued support to the campuses Climate Action Plan through a Comprehensive Energy Initiative. Staffers ...

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Innovative Tool for Integrated Energy Planning Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

One of the greatest challenges for universities is how to reliably meet the university's growing energy needs while reducing negative impacts of power generation. The presenting institution has its ...

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Lighting the Way to Energy Savings Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

Are you bewildered by the lighting options available? As LED's start to enter the mainstream many institutions are contemplating whether to make the switch from traditional fluorescent and incandescent ...

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Oil Literacy Membership Required

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Oil drives the global economy and supports the lifestyles to which the industrialized world has become accustomed. But fossil fuels are precious and finite, and their consumption continues unabated. Oil ...

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A Case Study on a Residential Energy Efficiency Service Learning Education Program Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The mission of the National Energy Leadership Corps (NELC) education program is to train (STEM discipline) students in partner universities to complete energy assessments and to perform home energy assessments ...

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Bolster Your Ongoing Efforts with ENERGY STAR Membership Required

  • Radford University (VA)

Radford University (RU) is working towards a goal of climate neutrality. To conserve resources, reduce costs and GHG emissions, and educate campus stakeholders, Radford University participates in US EPA's ...

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Strategic Planning for Sustainability and Energy Conservation at a University Membership Required

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has been recognized by the EPA as the top institution in Higher Education, for reducing Green House Gases under their MOU Program. This ...

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Sizing Your School's Solar Potential Membership Required

  • Santa Monica College (CA)

Tomorrow's brave new sustainable world will undoubtedly find environmentally progressive campuses on the forefront of renewable energy development, specifically in the saturation of solar photovoltaics on rooftops. Facilities and ...

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Envisioning the Resilient Campus: Planning for Reduced Campus Energy Consumption through Data Analysis and Visualization at St. Olaf College Membership Required

  • St. Olaf College (MN)

Campuses are making great strides to integrate sustainability into their operations and planning through initiatives such as STARS and the ACUPCC. However, while campus master plans may include a section ...

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Partnering to Increase Community Access to Solar Energy Membership Required

  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

The Southwest is blessed with the highest abundance of solar resource in the country, yet institutional barriers persist that keep solar costly and prevent local governments, homeowners and businesses from ...

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Cooling Tower Wastewater Recycling with Smart Integrated Membrane Systems Membership Required

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The feasibility of reclaiming potable-quality water from the UCLA Co-Generation (CoGen) plant cooling tower blowdown wastewater was evaluated using a novel integrated ultrafiltration (UF)/Reverse Osmosis (RO) membrane system in ...

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A Case Study of Multi-Campus, Interdisciplinary Energy Education Through Public-Private Partnership Membership Required

  • University of Hawaii Community Colleges (HI)

Energy Service Companies (ESCO's) that partner with campuses to reduce their energy bills by millions provide an unprecedented opportunity for multi-stakeholder educational programs that engage students in cutting edge ...

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A Case Study of Multi-Campus, Interdisciplinary Energy Education to Empower Student Engagement Membership Required

  • University of Hawaii Community Colleges (HI)

Today's students are tech and media savvy and ready to work at a professional level with mentors and stakeholders who can help them make a measurable impact in the ...

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Empowering Physical Plant as Sustainability Ambassadors Membership Required

  • Xavier University (OH)

The Office of Physical Plant as Xavier University has 85 professionals, serving a campus community of 8,000 plus. The Sustainability Program was quietly effective, but the department's humility ...

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From Coal to Clean Energy: Divest for A Clean Energy Future Membership Required

  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

The urgency and intensity of the climate crisis is escalating, and policy mechanisms are failing. Young people across the nation will be facing the consequences of environmental crises that they ...

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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