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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Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF) is a DOE Energy Frontiers Research Center focused on developing a detailed understanding of lignocellulose, the main structural material in plants, from ...

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Discovery Park Energy Center

  • Purdue University (IN)

The mission of the Energy Center in Discovery Park is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. The Center engages researchers and students in a community that delivers ...

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Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio)

  • Purdue University (IN)

C3Bio is an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science to conduct high-risk, high-reward research for the future deployment of advanced liquid ...

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Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

SUNY-ESF is home to the SUNY Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy, a 64-campus research and development clearinghouse in the critical area of energy sufficiency and sustainability. Established by SUNY ...

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National Wind Institute

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

The National Wind Institute (NWI) was established in December 2012, and is intended to serve as Texas Tech University's intellectual hub for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, commercialization and education ...

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Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

AzRISE, a global institute at the University of Arizona, creates multi-disciplinary partnerships that integrate research, economics, public policy, and education. Spanning academia, industry and government, these partnerships are creating the ...

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California Institute for Energy and Environment

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

California has set itself far-reaching, fast-tracked goals for energy efficiency and stemming climate change — goals that can lead the way to new thinking and practices around the globe. But how ...

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Winston Chung Global Energy Center

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

Research, Education, and Application -- To take a holistic approach to addressing energy storage research needs and issues, broadly ranging from technical issues, economic development, and ecological wellness. This new center ...

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Center for Energy Research

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The Center for Energy Research (CER) was established at UC San Diego in 1972 to help create solutions to the growing challenges of energy supply and utilization in our society ...

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Center for Energy Efficient Materials

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Center for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM) is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy. The principal activity ...

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The Institute for Energy Efficiency

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Research initiatives at the Institute for Energy Efficiency are taking place across the efficiency spectrum. The Institute has organized these efforts into six Solutions Groups, each of which has selected ...

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Florida Solar Energy Center

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)—a research institute of the University of Central Florida (UCF)—was created by the Florida Legislature in 1975 to serve as the state’s ...

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University of Delaware Energy Institute

  • University of Delaware (DE)

The overall mission of the University of Delaware Energy Institute is to marshal and expand the University's science, engineering, and public policy expertise in new and emerging energy technologies ...

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Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), a research unit of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM), conducts research of ...

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Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research promotes partnerships among the state's colleges and universities, private industries, and non-profit organizations to actively pursue federally and privately funded research and ...

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Energy Research Center

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The University of Maryland Energy Research Center provides a comprehensive balanced energy research program, based on the most efficient use of our natural resources while minimizing environmental impacts and our ...

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Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERE) conducts research and provides technical assistance for a range of clean energy technologies and applications. With support from state and federal ...

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Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) – Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy, PHaSE – was one of 46 national centers created in 2009 by the U.S ...

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New England Marine Renewable Energy Center

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

The New England MREC is an organization comprised of academia, government agencies, industry, municipalities, public interest groups and concerned individuals. MREC’s focus is to foster the development of ocean ...

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Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The vision of the Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion (CSTEC) is to design and to synthesize new materials for high efficiency photovoltaic (PV) and thermoelectric (TE) devices, predicated ...

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Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

A large-scale project known formally as the University of Minnesota Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center at Morris includes development in community and locally-owned energy systems including wind, biomass, biofuels ...

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The Center for Energy Research

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The Center for Energy Research (CER) focuses on research, information exchange, and education in energy topics. Issues of particular interest to the Center's geographical region include such general topics ...

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Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

  • University of Nevada, Reno (NV)

The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy (GBCGE) was informally organized within the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno in May 2000. The formation of the ...

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Solar Energy Research Center

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The UNC SERC was founded in 2008 to serve as a regional hub for solar energy research. Its primary goal is to contribute to our energy future by taking a ...

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Solar Fuels and Next Generation Photovoltaics

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The mission of the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center is to conduct research on dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells (DSPECs) for water splitting and tandem cells for the reduction of carbon dioxide ...

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Energy and Environmental Research Center

  • University of North Dakota (ND)

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is a unique organization dedicated to providing practical, pioneering solutions to the world’s energy and environmental challenges. The EERC was officially founded ...

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Clean Energy Research Center

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The Clean Energy research Center (CERC) at the University of South Florida pursues research and development of new/environmentally clean energy systems, such as photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP ...

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Energy Institute

  • University of Southern California (CA)

The USC Energy Institute (USCEI) was launched in 2008 to create a university-based framework to support and expand opportunities in energy-related research, education, and public policy development.

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Campus of Energy and Innovation

  • University of Toledo (OH)

The campus will serve as a hands-on alternative energy laboratory used for teaching, research and demonstration, as well as to generate energy and reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

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International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Washington University in St. Louis is addressing the challenges of energy and sustainability on a global scale. The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) was created in ...

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Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

To address the purpose of the EFRC initiative, WUSTL created the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC). PARC brings together a core group of WUSTL researchers along with several other select ...

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Alternative and Renewable Energy Research

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Alternative and Renewable Energy Research Center includes labs and research on alternative fuel, Bronco biodiesel, cellulose, Consumers Energy Foundation, fuel cells, plug In hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), solar PV ...

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AAS in Clean Energy Technology

  • Walters State Community College (TN)

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Clean Energy Technology is designed to train students who wish to enter the job market in selected areas of the clean energy field ...

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AAS in Green Technology & Sustainability Option

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The program's Green Technology and Sustainability Option, approved this spring by the state of Oregon, provides Mechanical and Civil Engineering Technology students with the skills to better prepare them ...

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AAS in Renewable Energy Systems

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The most comprehensive Renewable Energy Systems (RES) training offering in the State of Oregon preparing technicians for solar power, wind power, fuel cell and other renewable energy fields.

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AAS in Sustainability Technologies

  • Central Carolina Community College (NC)

The Sustainability Technologies curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for employment in environmental, construction, alternative energy, manufacturing, or related industries, where key emphasis is placed on energy production and waste ...

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AAS in Sustainability Technologies

  • Central Piedmont Community College (NC)

The Sustainability Technologies Associates Degree curriculum will be based on a core of required science and engineering courses and feature four specialty tracks that will prepare technicians to meet workforce ...

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Renewable Energy Technologies AAS

  • Lamar Community College (CO)

Total Degree Hours: 69. General Education Requirements: 17 credits: COM 125 - Interpersonal Communication; ENG 115 - Technical English and Communication; MAT 108 - Technical Mathematics; PHY 107 - Energy Science and Technology with ...

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Sustainable Energy Technology: Renewable Energy AAS

  • Iowa Western Community College (IA)

Renewable energy research and innovation is booming, resulting in big business and high-tech, high-paying jobs for skilled workers. In just two years, students in the Sustainable Energy Technology: Renewable Energy ...

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Sustainable Environment Technologies (AAS)

  • Northwest Technical College (MN)

The Sustainable Environment Technologies program prepares students to design, integrate and maintain renewable and traditional energy systems. Students develop an in-depth understanding of green building concepts along with energy efficiency ...

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Alternative Energy & Power Generation Track (BS in General Engineering)

  • Penn State Hazleton (PA)

The Bachelor of Science in General Engineering with the Alternative Energy and Power Generation Track is designed to help prepare graduates to enter the job market in the alternative and ...

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BA in Energy & Sustainability Policy

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy can prepare you for success in energy careers related to foreign and domestic policy analysis, legislative or regulatory affairs, sales ...

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BEng in Sustainable Energy Engineering

  • The University of Adelaide (SA)

Students choose from three streams: chemical, electrical and mechanical. Each stream provides a strong technical and practical foundation in its own specialisation, together with a substantial component of cross-disciplinary studies ...

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BS in Energy Engineering

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Energy Engineering is part of the multi-departmental and interdisciplinary Engineering Science Program. This undergraduate program encompasses a variety of closely-related areas of the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering. It is ...

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BS in Energy Engineering

  • Indiana Institute of Technology (IN)

Indiana Tech's College of Engineering is committed to providing students with a student-centered, hands-on educational experience. With our career-focused degrees you can have confidence in knowing that there is ...

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BS in Renewable Energy

  • Vermont Technical College (VT)

The Renewable Energy degree integrates the study of engineering, technology, science, and business to prepare graduates to design, implement, and manage renewable energy systems and similar technologies. Students learn to ...

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BS in Sustainable Energy Management

  • Unity College (ME)

Students majoring in sustainable energy management at Unity learn practical skills based on solid general theory. They make technology, learn practical implementation, and understand related accounting for costs and benefits ...

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BS in Sustainable Food & Bioenergy

  • Montana State University (MT)

The Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems (SFBS) B.S. degree program is an exciting, innovative interdisciplinary program from Montana State University that promotes the sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of ...

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Energy Systems Engineering (BS)

  • Oregon State University (OR)

OSU-Cascades’ energy systems engineering (ESE) program is a combination of mechanical and industrial engineering core courses supplemented with energy-related and business management courses, and is offered in partnership with Oregon ...

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Renewable Energy & Ecological Design (BA)

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

A new generation of researchers, architects, engineers and builders is looking at the built environment in a whole new way. Excessive energy use and resource consumption are prompting these pioneers ...

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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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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.

8760 Engineering

St. Louis, MO
Business Affiliate
Energy Master Planning / Metering / Retrofits, Advanced Cx, Retro-Cx and Central Plant Optimization.

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

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.

Sunbolt

Willow Grove, NY
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.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
Business Affiliate