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.

2021 resources

Minor in Renewable Energy Engineering

  • University of Maine (ME)

This minor addresses the entire energy cycle from generation, to use, to lasting environmental effects. Students will have access to a brand new renewable energy laboratory equipped with the latest ...

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Minor in Sustainability Energy Systems

  • Cornell University (NY)

Providing affordable energy to meet the demands of both developed and developing nations without further damaging the natural environment and the Earth's climate system is a Grand Challenge for ...

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Minor in Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (SEE)

  • University of Dayton (OH)

The Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) interdisciplinary minor at the University of Dayton is driven by an engaged group of faculty, staff, students, and community partners focused on undergraduate ...

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Sustainable Energy & Building Technology Diploma

  • Humber College (ON)

Humber's Sustainable Energy and Building Technology (SEBT) diploma program helps you develop the skills needed for a career in the growing "green" economy. Become skilled at providing integrated solutions ...

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Sustainable Energy Technology Certificate

  • Iowa Western Community College (IA)

Renewable Energy Technology is the wave of the future, and Iowa Western's new certificate program will enable you to get on board with this expanding career field. This certificate ...

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Concentration in Appropriate Technology (MS in Technology)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Focuses on development and use of sustainable or "green" technologies, with an emphasis on renewable energy systems. The program is widely recognized for the contributions made by faculty and students ...

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Concentration in Building Energy Engineering (MS in Technology)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This concentration is recognized for its emphasis on energy efficient building design, construction, and testing, as well as use of alternative building materials. Focuses on efficient building systems and the ...

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Concentration in Renewable Energy (BA/BS Economics)

  • University of Maine (ME)

The Renewable Energy Economics Concentration may be taken under either the B. A. in Economics or the BS in Economics. To complete the Renewable Energy Economics Concentration, students complete all ...

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Concentration in Renewable Energy Engineering (MS in Technology)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Designed for individuals with undergraduate degrees in engineering or the physical sciences who are interested in a program with a strong technical emphasis on renewable energy system design, monitoring, and ...

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Energy & Sustainability Concentration (MA of Interdisciplinary Studies)

  • George Mason University (VA)

This concentration is particularly relevant for students who are pursuing or interested in pursuing careers in energy and environmentally related applications in the law, national and international policy, government, print ...

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Energy/ Environment/ Economics (E3) Specialization

  • Illinois State University (IL)

IIT's Energy/Environment/Economics (E3) program was developed to respond to the rapidly changing needs of the energy industry by providing the interdisciplinary research and training required to produce ...

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Renewable Energy Concentration (BS Engineering)

  • John Brown University (AR)

Renewable energy engineers are pioneering the future of the energy industry. These individuals engage in technological creativity to maximize the energy potential of renewable resources and discover new ways to ...

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Renewable Energy Technology Focus (Technology Management)

  • Excelsior College (NY)

This program is comprised of three major components: arts and sciences, professional, and additional credit. The professional component includes a professional core, a technology management core, and professional component electives ...

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Sustainability Focus (Electrical & Computer Engineering Bachelor)

  • University of Iowa (IA)

ECE students select an Elective Focus Area (EFA) to personalize their curriculum and help prepare them for the type of job or research area they want to pursue. Sustainable electrical ...

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Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology (BEST) Certificate Program

  • Norwalk Community College (CT)

The Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology Certificate Program prepares the students for employment in the field of sustainable building, building performance and energy consumption auditing. Utilizing the latest environmental science ...

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Certificate in Alternative Energy

  • New River Community College (VA)

The Alternative Energy Career Studies Certificate is designed for students who are interested in alternative energy. This program begins with the introduction of the fundamentals and safety requirements for alternative ...

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Certificate in Alternative Energy Engineering Technology

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate provides entry-level technical knowledge of main stream alternative energy and renewable energy. Course will apply toward completion of other AEET certificate and associate degrees.

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Certificate in Energy Auditing

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

Professional Energy Efficiency Technicians are involved in the inventory and evaluation of a wide variety of energy producing systems. Technicians will deal with the integration of building, electrical and HVAC ...

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Certificate in Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management & Performance Based Construction

  • Cosumnes River College (CA)

The purpose of this certificate is to develop job skills and an understanding of green strategies for high performance buildings and livable communities. It is focused at students and professionals ...

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Geothermal Technician Certificate

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate is intended to prepare students to work as an entry-level geothermal technician. Geothermal technicians are involved in various aspects of the installation and maintenance of all types and ...

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Solar Energy Certificate

  • College of the Canyons (CA)

The college's solar energy technician certificate program will include 13 units of instruction spread over three courses that can be completed in two to three semesters. The courses are ...

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Solar Energy Technician Certificate

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate is intended to prepare students to work as an entry-level solar energy technician. Solar energy technicians are involved in various aspects of the installation and maintenance of all ...

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Wind Energy Certificate

  • University of Iowa (IA)

A new interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate in wind energy has been developed to meet the emerging market needs. The Certificate in Wind Energy integrates course work and faculty expertise from the ...

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Wind Turbine Technician Certificate

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate is intended to prepare students to work as an entry-level wind turbine technician. Wind turbine technicians are involved in various aspects of the installation and maintenance of all ...

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Major University Towns Seek University Partners to Improve Energy Efficiency in Off-Campus Rental Housing

  • City of Bloomington (IN)

In Bloomington (pop. 83,565), where 75% of Indiana University’s 40,000+ students live off-campus, the impact is tremendous. Two-thirds of local housing units are rentals, making it exceedingly ...

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Climate Change Resiliency: Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Background: The submitted research paper "Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study" is the result of a combination of learning opportunities that evolved into the final product. It began in summer 2014 at ...

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Clean Energy U: Colleges Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day

  • Chevrolet (OR)

Let’s clear the air. Beyond building efficient vehicles in a responsible way, Chevrolet is supporting the ingenious efforts of people across America helping lead the clean energy revolution. That ...

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Analysis of Student Behaviors Impacting Carbon Emissions Through Community Based Social Marketing Research

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Academic institutions cannot achieve climate neutrality through technology alone; members of the college community must also be engaged in creating a culture of sustainability. This research project employed a community-based ...

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Sustainable Laundry Operations at Sewanee: The University of the South

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The typical student runs an average of 3.7 cycles of laundry per week. This is almost one full cycle more than other students at universities whose costs are included ...

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STARS Findings on Campus Infrastructure and Sustainable Development

  • AASHE (PA)

This article looks at infrastructure development among colleges and universities participating in STARS. Data related to building construction and maintenance, GHG emissions, and energy consumption can shed light on how ...

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The Beauty of Net-Zero Energy Infrastructure: Lessons from History, Actions Today, and Dreams for the Future

  • Second Nature (MA)

As we connect the dots from ancient history to the distant future, we envision and hope for a clean and safe future for our grandchildren’s grandchildren. Sustainability professionals work ...

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Fostering Sustained Energy Behavior Change And Increasing Energy Literacy In A Student Housing Energy Challenge

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

We designed the Kukui Cup challenge to foster energy conservation and increase energy literacy. Based on a review of the literature, the challenge combined a variety of elements into an ...

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Incentive Deserts: The Opportunities and Barriers to Solar PV Financing at UCLA

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

Like the rest of Los Angeles, UCLA has plenty of buildings and gets plenty of sun. Given the University's interest in sustainability and innovation, you'd think all those ...

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Holdsworth Retrofit and Renovation

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (NY)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMA) has a rapidly evolving commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environmental sustainability of its operations. According to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel ...

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Funding & Incentivizing Energy Conservation at the University of Texas

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

In February 2011, the University of Texas at Austin's (UT) President Power's Sustainability Steering Committee identified the need to reduce demand-side energy consumption and create new, consistent funding ...

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Student-Driven Energy Independence: A Case Study of Humboldt Energy Independence Fund

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

This thesis is an evaluative case study of the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF). I use this case study to locate the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund within a broader movement ...

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Greening the Campus: Converting Organic Waste to Energy

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

This project explores the potential waste-to-energy (WtE) technologies based on current conditions at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (e.g., waste resource availability) by proposing the following three feasible WtE ...

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AASHE Student Diary Series: The GREEN Life

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)

This is the story of three Rutgers University students with a simple idea born in the hopes of educating and showing their peers the ever-expanding world of renewable energy. Three ...

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AASHE Interview Series: John Robinson, Executive Director, UBC Sustainability Initiative

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

John Robinson, the Executive Director of the University of British Columbia's Sustainability Initiative sat down with AASHE to discuss the recently opened Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS ...

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Measuring, Managing and Visualizing Building Energy Consumption & Carbon Emissions

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (NY)

How much energy do the buildings at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMA) consume? The answer to this question is of interest to those tracking energy efficiency and greenhouse gas ...

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University of Northern BC Renewable Energy Feasibility Study, with Primary Consideration to Wind Energy

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

This study examined the feasibility of UNBC's on-campus renewable energy opportunities with primary consideration to wind energy potential. Solar and hydro electrical energy opportunities, along with geoexchange, solar heating ...

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Reducing Dickinson's Carbon Footprint

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Findings from an evaluation of Dickinson College's Climate Action Plan and recommendations are presented. The evaluation was conducted by students in the spring 2011 course Practicum in Sustainability: Reducing ...

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Steam Loss in Miami University's Piping System

  • Miami University (OH)

The Physical Facilities department at Miami University has observed a monthly loss of 12-15 million pounds of steam, which translates into a $65,000 loss per month, in the 7 ...

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Proposal for University of Georgia Energy Reform

  • University of Georgia (GA)

University of Georgia Students for Environmental Action (SEA) created this proposal for presentation to our senior administration as a part of SEA's "UGA Beyond Coal" campaign to replace UGA ...

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Thermal Modeling with eQUEST Of Winthrop House: Engineering Sciences 96 Final Report

  • Harvard University (MA)

This abstract applies to all four papers written for Engineering Sciences 96.

In the coming decade, Harvard University will confront a system-wide student housing renovation project. For the past eighty ...

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Green Labs at Emory University

  • Emory University (GA)

Sustainability Student Research Award Nomination

Emory Green Labs Project: Rachel Croessmann, Kate McDonald, Andrew Park, Erin Saven

Background

As part of the CSR & Sustainability class taught by Prof. Peter ...

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Harvard House Renewal Program Energy Monitoring and Control Group

  • Harvard University (MA)

This abstract applies to all four papers written for Engineering Sciences 96.

In the coming decade, Harvard University will confront a system-wide student housing renovation project. For the past eighty ...

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House Life: A closer look at the fundamental underpinnings of the House Renewal Project (Engineering Sciences 96 Final Report)

  • Harvard University (MA)

This abstract applies to all four papers written for Engineering Sciences 96.

In the coming decade, Harvard University will confront a system-wide student housing renovation project. For the past eighty ...

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Rethinking Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) in Harvard University's River Houses: Engineering Sciences 96 Final Report

  • Harvard University (MA)

This abstract applies to all four papers written for Engineering Sciences 96.

In the coming decade, Harvard University will confront a system-wide student housing renovation project. For the past eighty ...

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Harnessing Human Power for Alternative Energy in Fitness Facilities: A Case Study

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

As energy usage across the world continues to rise, there is a strong need to develop new methods for energy conservation and power generation, particularly approaches that have less environmental ...

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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.

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
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Celtic Energy, Inc.

Glastonbury, CT
Business Affiliate

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.

Energy Solutions Professionals, LLC

Overland Park, KS
Business Affiliate

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

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
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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
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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.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
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