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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How Are Campuses Harnessing Renewable Energy? New Report Tracks Trends in Higher Ed Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Altenex (MA)

As a whole, campuses are getting more energy efficient. But space growth counter-weighs these gains. Hundreds of campuses have onsite solar. But the arrays are small, and sometimes the SCRECs ...

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Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: The Effectiveness of Community-Based Social Marketing on Energy Conservation for Sustainable University Campuses Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Kansas State University (KS)

The paper presents a community-based social marketing (CBSM) study that was conducted at Kansas State University (KSU) to determine potential strategies to decrease energy consumption on college campuses. The study ...


Using indicators to profile energy consumption and to inform energy policy in a university—A case study in Ireland Membership Required

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Corcaigh)

The services sector has the least amount of energy end use data available, which poses significant challenges to companies within the sector attempting to benchmark their energy performance and inform ...


University campuses energy performance estimation in Ukraine based on measurable approach Membership Required

Aim of research is an attempt to create the methodology for University campuses (UC) energy certification system for Ukraine. Therefore, taking into account national conditions, the certification variant, based on ...


Energy Master Plan - St. John's University, New York Membership Required

  • St. John's University, New York (NY)

St. John's University is preparing to commit to deeper carbon emissions reductions. As a participant in the New York City Carbon Challenge since 2007, SJU will achieve its commitment ...

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Energy Economics and Policy

  • University of Rhode Island (RI)

This certificate program provides intensive training in energy economics, management, and policy. It is designed to address energy management issues at scales ranging from the individual building, to the microgrid ...

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Survey of energy consumption and energy conservation measures for colleges and universities in Guangdong province Membership Required

As an important part of economical society, colleges and universities have been shouldering the important task of education, science research and social service. In this paper, a detailed investigation in ...

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Research on energy savings opportunities in university libraries Membership Required

Purpose – Mechanical systems in library environments are typically designed to run continuously in order to maintain the desired environmental conditions for preservation purposes, often resulting in a high cost in ...

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Potential opportunities for energy conservation in existing buildings on university campus: A field survey in Korea Membership Required

Buildings in university campuses have been increased energy consumption. This is despite their greater potential for energy reduction due to the low building densities within the campus, as well as ...

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A renewable energy solution for Highfield Campus of University of Southampton Membership Required

  • University of Southampton

In today's world where the global warming is one of the biggest problems for mankind, sustainable energy generation is becoming more and more important every day. This project focuses ...

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Energy consumption and GHG emission scenarios of a university campus in Mexico Membership Required

This study estimates energy consumption and related GHG emissions for the buildings and facilities of the main university campus at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The campus has ...

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Energy consumption analysis of a medium-size primary data center in an academic campus Membership Required

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Experimental, numerical, and simulation studies were performed to evaluate the energy efficiency performance, develop energy conservation measures (ECMs), and conduct overall energy analysis of a medium-size data center at the ...

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Energy conservation attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors in science laboratories Membership Required

Energy use per square foot from science research labs is disproportionately higher than that of other rooms in buildings on campuses across the nation. This is partly due to labs ...

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Analyzing Barriers to Energy Conservation in Residences and Offices: The Rewire Program at the University of Toronto Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • University of Toronto (ON)

Conducting a barriers analysis is an important first step when designing proenvironmental behavior change interventions. Yet, detailed information on common barriers to energy conservation campaigns remains unavailable. Using a pair ...

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A persuasive feedback support system for energy conservation and carbon emission reduction in campus residential buildings Membership Required

There is a need for energy conservation mechanisms, especially in university campuses, as students do not have any direct feedback on their energy consumptions, which leads to excess usages. There ...

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AASHE Green Power Projects Data Export Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

The Google Sheet includes a list of campus solar and wind power projects collected by AASHE. This includes those projects that were once part of the Solar Renewable and Wind ...

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Reducing Carbon Emissions in a Third Level Educational Institution in Sub-Sahara Africa Membership Required

  • Strathmore University

The effort to reduce carbon emissions as the arguably most prevalent cause of global warming has been a positive trend in most African countries. One of the most successful strategies ...

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University of California, Climate Lab, Video Series Episode Five: The fight to rethink (and reinvent) nuclear power Membership Required

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

This is the fifth episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the ...

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Kauai Community College Tiny House Hydro Electric Micro Grid Project Membership Required

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

During the Summer of 2016 a free Tiny House building course was offered free to the community of Kauai. The course ran for five days and focused on building the ...

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Building as a Living Laboratory: The Integrated Technology Center Membership Required

  • Western Technical College (WI)

When you enter an academic building on a college campus, you expect that learning takes place there. Desks and labs, offices and hallways, students and faculty—all are standard. But ...

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Modern Sustainability Membership Required

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

RECENT PROJECTS: Beach Cleanup Caddy (complete - STEM grant award pending - awaiting field testing) Assembled a cart system specifically designed for beach cleanups, outfitted with a detachable metal waste bin, wheel ...

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Novel Solution to University's Pool and Shower Heating Membership Required

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The plan is to install a localized, state of the art heating system for Campus Recreation’s pool and shower systems. The project would involve disconnecting the central boiler heating ...

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Students Spark Solar Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

A group of ten students focused in various areas of study from across the University of Minnesota Duluth campus came together to form the Solar University Network Delegation and advance ...

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Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions at the University of Calgary Membership Required

  • University of Calgary (AB)

At University of Calgary, our buildings are very large contributors to our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With the goal of being a leading Canadian post-secondary institution in the area of ...

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Using classroom schedule data to reduce energy consumption Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Most Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC) are designed to provide a ventilation based on the assumption that the rooms are fully occupied, when real occupancy is most often ...

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Designing a Photovoltaic Array for Smith College Membership Required

  • Smith College (MA)

The development of distributed solar energy is an opportunity for individuals and institutions to support the growth of the clean energy economy, lower their carbon footprint, promote energy security, and ...

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Reducing the Nitrogen Footprint of a Small Residential College Membership Required

  • Dickinson College (PA)

The release of reactive nitrogen contributes to its accumulation in the environment, causing a variety of harmful effects. To measure Dickinson College’s contribution to nitrogen pollution, and quantify the ...

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Adding a Nitrogen Footprint to Colorado State University’s Sustainability Plan Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

As a large land grant university with more than 32,000 students, Colorado State University (CSU) has both on-campus non-agricultural and agricultural sources of nitrogen (N) released to the environment ...

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Comparing Institution Nitrogen Footprints: Metrics for Assessing and Tracking Environmental Impact Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

When multiple institutions with strong sustainability initiatives use a new environmental impact assessment tool, there is an impulse to compare. The first seven institutions to calculate nitrogen footprints using the ...

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Assessing the Social and Environmental Costs of Institution Nitrogen Footprints Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

This article estimates the damage costs associated with the institutional nitrogen (N) footprint and explores how this information could be used to create more sustainable institutions. Potential damages associated with ...

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Environmental and Economic Perspectives in the Analysis of Two Options for Hand Drying At an University Campus Membership Required

Environmental criteria can be part of global energy policies for the establishment of support and development actions for different technologies. Minimization of greenhouse gas emissions is a benefit to all ...

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Solar Garden Partnership: A Renewable Energy Innovation Membership Required

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)
  • Consumers Energy

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) began a renewable energy project in partnership with its local utility, Consumers Energy, after the Michigan Public Service Commission approved a Solar Garden program. This ...

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Reduce the Juice – Saving Energy in Halls of Residence Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • University of London

At the University of London, in England, we have launched a behaviour change programme aimed at students living on campus in the University’s halls of residence. The aim of ...

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Stanford achieves dramatic greenhouse gas emissions reductions to surpass state, national, and international climate targets Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) is a new campus energy system powered by renewables, designed to meet the current and future energy needs of Stanford University in an environmentally, socially ...

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KMRB Energy Reduction Project Membership Required

  • University of Rochester (NY)

The University of Rochester’s Medical Center operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week in a 5.4 million square foot complex. Facilities Operations is responsible for providing conditioned ...

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American University in Cairo 2017 Carbon Footprint Report Membership Required

  • American University in Cairo (Cairo)

The first step of reducing a university’s carbon footprint is measuring its current size. The 2017 Carbon Footprint Report is the 4th in the American University in Cairo’s ...

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Project Green Step 2030: Catawba College Campus Solar Energy Installation Membership Required

  • Catawba College (NC)

Catawba College completed a solar energy project in 2016 that is projected to produce more solar electricity than all the other North Carolina colleges and universities combined. This was the ...

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The University of Virginia as a Living Lab for Solar Energy Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Over the next five years, The University of Virginia hopes to install 1-2 megawatts of solar PV on grounds. To help prioritize projects, UVA turned to the School of Engineering ...

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Wind Power Feasibility Study for Ball State University Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)

Based on two years of site-specific wind speed measurements and actual power curve performance estimates of five commercial wind turbines, a feasibility study of wind-power potential near Ball State University ...

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Florida Gulf Coast University Emerging Technologies Institute Membership Required

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

The FGCU Emerging Technologies institute is an off campus institute designed to facilitate projects and research in regards to sustainable technology. Projects will be geared towards environmental sustainability and renewable ...

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Biofuels and Bioproducts Research Lab Membership Required

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The focus of research at the Biofuels and Bioproducts research lab includes studying the chemical makeup of algae and the economic and physical feasibility of optimizing it as an alternative ...

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Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technology (NUCRET) Membership Required

  • Northeastern University (MA)

NUCRET leads the national and worldwide effort in developing the fuel cells of the future based on the platinum free catalysts, as well as novel chemistries for advanced rechargeable batteries ...

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A comparative study of the efficacy of intervention strategies on student electricity use in campus residence halls Membership Required

  • Radford University (VA)

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine whether, and how, electricity consumption by students in university residence halls were impacted through three intervention strategies.

Design/methodology/approach: The ...

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University Colloquium | Service Learning Project Membership Required

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

This video was created by students for a colloquium class project to address some of the projects and initiatives FGCU does to decrease our carbon footprint within the energy sector ...

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PowerZee – Sustainable Change through User Engagement Membership Required

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • Engie

PowerZee (formerly PowerZ) is a smartphone application (‘app’) developed by NTU, along with industry partner ENGIE, for energy conservation and sustainability through user engagement. The application fosters knowledge and nudges ...

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LEED® Platinum - University of Miami Frost School of Music Studios Membership Required

  • University of Miami (FL)

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the ...

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Fostering STEM literacy through a tabletop wind turbine environmental science laboratory activity Membership Required

  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

Increasingly, national education policy is focusing on improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) literacy by using energy as a subject matter. In particular, The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS ...

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Greening Federal Grants: Why there is a need to connect efficiency to federal funding for research at universities Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

This webinar will includes two parts: PART 1: The Department of Energy (DOE) will provide an overview of the DOE Smart Labs Accelerator Program which was launched at the 2016 ...

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University of California, Climate Lab, Video Series Episode Three: Why your old phones collect in a junk drawer of sadness Membership Required

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

This is the third episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the ...

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San Jose State University Chiller Plant Improvements Membership Required

  • San Jose State University (CA)

The Chilled Water Plant underwent a major retrofit which was completed in 2012, which included the replacement of two electric chillers and the re-piping of the plant to allow 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