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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Internal stakeholders' perspective on lean energy and environmental sustainability: the case of Notre Dame University - Louaize

  • Notre Dame University - Louaize

This study will contribute to the understanding of the relationship between Energy and Environmental Sustainability (EES) Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours in order to recommend actions to be undertaken by the ...


Maximizing the Financial and Environmental Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

  • New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJ)
  • GridMarket (NY)

AASHE member, GridMarket, partnered with the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability for a "lunch and learn" in December 2020. The webinar summarized current opportunities for higher education campuses ...

  • Posted Feb. 2, 2021
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NUST Goes Solar

  • National University of Sciences and Technology (Federal)

As a large organisation with 4500+ employees and 18000+ students in 19 Schools and Colleges spread across the country, NUST’s operational carbon footprint is closely monitored, and measures are ...

  • Posted Jan. 19, 2021
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Funding community sustainable development using zero energy buildings

  • Millersville University (PA)

This paper aims at bridging the gap between theoretical frameworks for community sustainable development and descriptive-only case studies by using a case study to demonstrate a conceptual model or framework ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Green FSC: Creating a Sustainable Campus

  • Florida Southern College (FL)

Colleges and universities account for more than 1.5% of US total annual emissions: understanding how individual institutions can become more sustainable is critical in tackling the existential threat of ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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AASHE Award Winnner Ceremony 2020

  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Lafayette College (PA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • University of Central Florida (FL)
  • University of Coimbra
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Muhlenberg College (PA)
  • Southwestern University (TX)
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Carlos III University of Madrid
  • Palo Alto College (TX)
  • University of Dayton (OH)
  • University of Sydney (NSW)

The AASHE Sustainability Awards provide global recognition to the individuals and organizations leading the higher education sustainability movement. On Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 a virtual ceremony honored the 11 winners ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Energy Engineering Minor

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

In the Energy Engineering minor, students develop a foundation in the engineering and policy behind energy. Energy engineers are leading the way to a cleaner, safer future across the globe ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Energy Conversion Graduate Certificate

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

Energy conversion is a discipline that spans across three departments: Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical & Nuclear Engineering. Interest is rising for practical applications in the housing industry to supply houses ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering Minor

  • Clarkson University (NY)

This minor emphasizes that all engineering disciplines are necessary to develop and assess technologies to both increase the efficiency of our energy use and advance renewable and alternative energy sources ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Business of Energy Certificate

  • Clarkson University (NY)

The energy industry needs a new generation of business leaders and innovators to help meet the growing need for clean, reliable energy. Clarkson's Business of Energy, Advanced Certificate program ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Sustainable and Renewable Energy (BS)

  • Illinois State University (IL)

The Sustainable & Renewable Energy major addresses real-world social, economic, and technical sustainability issues. These issues are often encountered across a wide-range of careers.

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Sustainable Energy Minor

  • San Jose State University (CA)

The minor in Sustainble Energy is offered by the Department of Environmental Studies. The minor requires a minimum of 23 units across courses in physics, energy policy, and solar energy.

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Energy and Environmental Management (MS)

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

The Master of Energy and Environmental Management (MEEM) is a revolutionary online graduate program that empowers you with the knowledge to produce immediate social benefits through direct real-world action. UConn ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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A Novel Approach For Evaluating The Impact Of Fixed Variables On Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Installations Using Enhanced Meta Data Analysis Among Higher Education Institutions In The United States

  • University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

The global demand for electric energy has continuously increased over the last few decades. Some mature, alternative generation methods are wind, power, photovoltaic panels, biogas and fuel cells. In order ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2020
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Better Buildings Challenge Learnings: 3 Ways to Reduce Energy Use on Campus

  • Evolution Energy Partners (PA)

Universities across the country are committing to reduce their energy usage to save money, create jobs, and avoid significant emissions of CO2. By joining the Better Buildings Challenge, universities commit ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2020
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Methods and Effects of Mechanical Ventilation, Ultraviolet Light and Bipolar Ionization on Airborne and Surface Borne Pathogens

  • Evolution Energy Partners (PA)

The advent of SARS-CoV-2, the strain of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, has changed the way building owners and operators must look at treating the air in their buildings. In ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2020
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Ontario Tech University - Solar Panels

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (ON)

Ontario Tech University’s long-established reputation as a post-secondary leader in conservation and green community-building has achieved a Gold rating from AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS ...


Central New Mexico Community College, Main Campus Detention Basin

  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)

Photos # 1 & 2 Description: This detention basin slows and filters stormwater that drains from a large parking lot located at CNM Main Campus, near University Avenue. It also supplies ...


Central New Mexico Community College Westside Campus Solar Array & Energy Storage System

  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)

Contractors commission the tracking equipment at the Westside Campus Solar Array & Energy Storage System. Students in the CNM Electrical Trades Photovoltaic Concentration Program stand by to learn. It was ...


UMass Amherst Clean Energy Corps

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Clean Energy Extension students review and photograph architectural plans for an elementary school they are assessing, as well as present their findings.


Washington and Lee University Individualized Energy Dashboard for Students

  • Washington and Lee University (VA)

2020 Sustainable Campus Index submission - Washington and Lee

Individualized energy dashboards for students - Following the installation of Lucid Energy Dashboards and submeters on upper division housing, Washington & Lee University ...


University of Alabama at Birmingham Solar Community and Microgrid

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

In 2019, the University of Alabama at Birmingham opened its Solar House and Sustainable Neighborhood, featuring the Urban Multisource Microgrid and the the UAB Surviv(AL) house, built for the ...


Colorado State University SCI 2020 Pictures

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Several photos are attached that highlight sustainability initiatives at Colorado State University for the 2020 CSI including food recovery, student engagement, solar arrays, and a living wall.


Humber College - Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation

  • Humber College (ON)

The 93,000 sq. ft. Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation was opened. It is built to achieve LEED-Platinum certification (currently under review) and is a net-zero energy building, offset by ...


Humber College - 700 KW solar array

  • Humber College (ON)

Select photos of highlighting Humber College's Sustainability program, in relation to our STARS 2019 report, and for inclusion in 2020 SCI publication.

Opened in 2019, a new Commuter Hub ...


American University Solar Installation

  • American University (DC)

Photo Submission for the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index.

In this image, contractors install solar panels on the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. American University uses ...


Arizona State University Solar

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The solar program at Arizona State University has over 50 MWdc equivalent of combined solar generating capacity from both on-site and off-site installations. More than half of total capacity is ...


Ball State University Geothermal Energy System

  • Ball State University (IN)

Ball State University’s geothermal conversion project replaced the university's now decommissioned coal-fired boilers and chilled water equipment with the nation's largest ground-source geothermal district energy system. This ...


Humber College - Deep energy retrofit

  • Humber College (ON)
  • Morrison Hershfield (ON)

NX building retrofit project - Building NX at Humber College underwent a major retrofit to become one of the most energy efficient buildings in North America, while also claiming the title ...


Central Community College - Hastings Wind Turbine for SCI 2020

  • Central Community College (NE)

SCI Overall Top Performer, Associates Institutions

The long- and near-term Central Community College action plan is to provide students and the community with a campus-wide living learning laboratory for resiliency ...


Appalachian State University Campus

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State's wind turbine overlooks the Boone, NC campus.


The American College of Greece - A sustainable campus!

  • The American College of Greece (Aghia Paraskevi)

A selection of photos from The American College of Greece main campus, depicting the campus sustainable grounds, interaction of students with green technology as well as wellness areas!


Cal Poly SLO Gold Tree Solar Farm

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

Large-scale solar farm and laboratory - The recently completed 4.5 megawatt Gold Tree Solar Farm at California Polytechnic State University is currently the largest solar array in the CSU system ...

  • Posted Sept. 29, 2020
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University of Wisconsin-Madison - Charter Street Heating & Cooling Plant

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Image of UW-Madison's Charter Street Heating & Cooling Plant

  • Posted Sept. 29, 2020
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ASHRAE Guidelines & Solutions for University Energy Programs Going Forward

  • Weber State University (UT)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • DLR Group (WA)

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing university energy and sustainability teams to overcome new challenges in managing energy costs and reaching reduction goals. All three course delivery formats, in-person, remote, and ...

  • Posted Sept. 24, 2020
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Concordia Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems

  • Concordia University (QC)

The Concordia Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems (CIWESS) trains students to be at the forefront of sustainable development practices. It promotes research into new systems, technologies and solutions ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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8.2 kW Ground mount array: ARDEC South - Ag Research Project

  • Colorado State University (CO)

8.2 kW Ground mount array: Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC) / ADREC South, previously known as Portner Farm. This is an Ag Research Project - agrivoltaics. PV Panel Type ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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4.2 kW Canopy Array: Bike Shelter - Facilities Services North

  • Colorado State University (CO)

4.2 kW Canopy Array: Bike Shelter - Facilities Services North. PV Panel Type: (12) Solaria 350 watt. Inverter Type: (12) Enphase .3 kW.

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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14.8 kW Rooftop Array: Western Colorado Research Center - Orchard Mesa - Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

  • Colorado State University (CO)

14.8 kW Rooftop Array: Western Colorado Research Center - Orchard Mesa - Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. PV Panel Type: (34) SunPower 435 watt. Inverter Type: (1) Solar Edge 20 kW.

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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14.8 kW Rooftop Array: Western Colorado Research Center - Orchard Mesa - Classroom Office Building

  • Colorado State University (CO)

14.8 kW solar PV array at the Western Colorado Research Center - Orchard Mesa - Classroom Office Building. PV Panel Type: (34) SunPower 435 watt. Inverter Type: (1) Solar Edge 20 ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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12 kW Rooftop array: Arkansas Valley Research Center - Rocky Ford, CO

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Roof mount solar PV array. Arkansas Valley Research Center - Rocky Ford, CO. 12 kW array. PV Panel Type: (41) Mission Solar 305 watt. Inverter Type: (1) Solar Edge 14.4 ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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1.7 kW Pole mount: Student Recreation Center

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Solar Curve, pole mount solar PV array outside the Student Recreation Center. PV Panel Type: (6) Lumos 285 watt panels. Inverter Type: (1) Fronius 1.5 kW.

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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The House at Cornell Tech

  • Cornell University (NY)

The House at Cornell Tech is the largest Passive House residential building to date, integrated within an 800,000 square foot campus designed to push the boundaries of sustainable city ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2020
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Cost Savings and Carbon Reduction through DERs -- GridMarket Facilitated Project at Paul Quinn College

  • Paul Quinn College (TX)
  • GridMarket (NY)

GridMarket worked with Paul Quinn College to help them identify and maximize their unique DER opportunities.

GridMarket -- an energy consumer advocate and distributed energy resources project facilitation platform -- conducted a ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2020
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Sustainability Education in the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

Worldwide, there has been growing interest in research, education, and discourse around the FEW-Nexus, which serves as a framework to describe and aid in addressing complex coupled human-natural systems and ...

  • Posted Aug. 27, 2020
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Achieving Carbon Neutrality at Arizona State University

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

In 2019, Arizona State University achieved carbon neutrality for scope 1 and 2 emissions. Through this accomplishment, ASU seeks to inspire immediate action to address the climate emergency. Despite reaching ...


Energy Justice and Solving Climate by 2030

  • Bard College (NY)

Join the Security and Sustainability Forum and Bard College in a sixty-minute session about how innovative city and state policy will be critical to ensure justice in the economic transformation ...

  • Posted June 12, 2020
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How to Solve Climate By 2030

  • Bard College (NY)

Eban Goodstein, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College, discusses how to solve climate change by 2030.

  • Posted June 12, 2020
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Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation

  • Bard College (NY)

'Rethinking the Future - Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation' is Tony Seba's opening keynote at the 70th annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado, April 9th, 2018.

The ...

  • Posted June 12, 2020
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Master of Science in Energy and Environment

  • City University of Hong Kong

The Master of Science in Energy and Environment (P63) is a 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time program at the City University of Hong Kong. The aim of the program is ...

  • Posted May 28, 2020
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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

Legrand North America, LLC

Carlsbad, CA
Business Leader
Legrand Building Control Systems provides digital lighting controls, shading and remote services.

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

AMP Green Solutions, LLC

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
AMP Green Solutions exists to solve the critical sustainability and climate change issues facing our clients, both large and small. We provide a broad range of services and solutions to help organizations facilitate change and achieve their vision.

Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e

San Francisco, CA
Business Affiliate
Green-e® is the only certification for renewable energy and carbon offsets accepted by AASHE STARS, setting quality standards and ensuring purchasers receive full environmental benefits.

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.

Ecomedes

San Francisco, CA
Business Affiliate
Save money, watts and water for your buildings with the world's largest sustainable product catalog!

Energy Strategies

Salt Lake City, UT
Business Affiliate
Helping higher education clients instill confidence in their energy decisions by supplementing their capabilities with our experienced, multi-disciplinary consultancy services

Energy Systems Group (ESG)

Newburgh, IN
Business Affiliate

GreenerU

Waltham, MA
Business Affiliate

GridMarket

New York, NY
Business Affiliate
GridMarket is an energy consumer advocate and Distributed Energy Resources project facilitation platform.

Schneider Electric

Carrollton, TX
Business Affiliate

Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
Business Affiliate
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sunbolt

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
Sunbolt creates solar-powered charging workstations. Featuring an unmatched solar array, these outdoor workstations are fully equipped to charge smart phones, laptops and other electronic devices.