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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Clean Energy Master Plan

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

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is a Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Campus Challenge Partner under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) REV ...


Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan

  • Brock University (ON)

With the issuance of this revised energy conservation and demand management plan (ECDM), Brock University is re-affirming its commitment to energy conservation and sustainable operations. The conservation and demand management ...


Strategic Energy Plan

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

California State University, Long Beach currently has 96 buildings on its campus spread over 323 acres with a total approximate square footage of 4,400,000. The Campus has executed ...


Carbon neutrality should not be the end goal: Lessons for institutional climate action from U.S. higher education

  • Hamilton College-Clinton.NY (NY)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Ceres (MA)

Climate action pledges have increasingly taken the form of commitments to net carbon neutrality. Higher education institutions (HEIs) are uniquely positioned to innovate in this area, and over 800 United ...


Carbon pricing approaches for climate decisions in U.S. higher education: Proxy carbon prices for deep decarbonization

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Smith College (MA)

Given the slow policy response by governments, climate leadership by other institutions has become an essential part of maintaining policy momentum, driving innovation, and fostering social dialogue. Despite growth in ...


Florida Tech Alumni Center

  • Florida Institute of Technology (FL)

Florida Tech Alumni Center - The Folliard Alumni House at Florida Institute of Technology received a makeover in 2020, and was re-engineered as a zero-energy facility. The new center features a ...


How to green your lab

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • My Green Lab (CA)
  • São Paulo State University

Research labs are often wasteful, making use of unrecyclable materials, always-on equipment and environmentally dangerous chemicals. This webcast, for scientists at all levels, will draw upon the expertise of speakers ...

  • Posted Sept. 28, 2021
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Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF)

  • Calvin University (MI)

The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) is a revolving fund used to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions on campus. Plus, the cost savings from CERF projects are ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
  • Green Funds
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Campus Sustainability Investment Fund

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The Campus Sustainability Investment Fund (CSIF) is an internal fund that provides financing to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainability projects that generate emissions reductions and cost savings ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
  • Green Funds
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Green Campus Fund

  • George Washington University (DC)

Established by a gift from the class of 2007, the Green Campus Fund is a part of the endowment. It supports initiatives designed to conserve energy and promote a more ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
  • Green Funds
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Renewable Energy Fee Fund

  • Hope College (MI)

As the costs associated with purchasing renewable energy certificates (REC) have come down over the years, surplus funds from the Renewable Energy Fee have become available to students via the ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
  • Green Funds
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Student Green Innovation Fund

  • Yale University (CT)

The goals of the Student Green Innovation Fund are: To invest in innovative, student-led projects that result in direct energy use reductions on campus and/or projects that broadly impact ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
  • Green Funds
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The Albert Sherman Center at UMass Chan Medical School

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (MA)

The Albert Sherman Center, a nine story 512,000 square-foot research and education building at UMass Chan Medical School, is certified LEED Gold.

  • Posted Sept. 15, 2021
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State-of-the-art mechanical systems at UMass Chan Medical School

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (MA)

Efficient mechanical systems at UMass Chan Medical School including chilled beams and energy recovery wheels.

  • Posted Sept. 15, 2021
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FGCU2

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

FGCU photos for 2021 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI)


Bates College students install solar on their coastal research facility.

  • Bates College (ME)

Bates College students install solar on their coastal research facility. This facility is now 100% solar thanks to the work of the students.


Bentley Arena

  • Bentley University (MA)

Bentley Arena, the nation's first LEED Platinum certified standalone ice arena.


SCI 2021: University of Utah Geothermal Contract

  • University of Utah (UT)

Long-Term 20 MW Geothermal Power Purchase and Rate Tariff Leadership: The long-term 20 MW Geothermal Power Purchase and Rate Tariff Leadership project began supplying the University of Utah with 20 ...


Farm Animals Among Solar Panels at PCC Rock Creek

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Talisman the guard llama and other farm animals graze between the solar panels at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus.


Lightsource bp Module Installation

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

70-MW Solar Power Purchase Agreement - Pennsylvania State University partnered with solar developer Lightsource bp on a 70-megawatt, off-site solar energy project to supply about 25% of the University's electricity ...


Nittany 3 Solar Farm - Southern View

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

70-MW Solar Power Purchase Agreement - Pennsylvania State University partnered with solar developer Lightsource bp on a 70-megawatt, off-site solar energy project to supply about 25% of the University's electricity ...


Nittany 3 Solar Farm

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

70-MW Solar Power Purchase Agreement - Pennsylvania State University partnered with solar developer Lightsource bp on a 70-megawatt, off-site solar energy project to supply about 25% of the University's electricity ...


Nittany 1 Solar Farm

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

70-MW Solar Power Purchase Agreement - Pennsylvania State University partnered with solar developer Lightsource bp on a 70-megawatt, off-site solar energy project to supply about 25% of the University's electricity ...


The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The Kendeda Building - The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Institute of Technology is the first building in Georgia to earn Living Building Challenge certification. The Kendeda Building ...


Managed Print Program at American University

  • American University (DC)

SCI 2021 Feature: Ditching Desktop Printers

A campus-wide Managed Print Program at American University is streamlining the print process and reducing costs associated with energy usage and waste. Since this ...


L'Anse Community Solar Project

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

L'Anse Community Solar Project - A team of engineering researchers and students from Michigan Technological University worked with local and state partners to bring solar to the Community of L ...


UQ 64MW Warwick Solar Farm, Grazing residential sheep

  • University of Queensland (QLD)

Sheep grazing and tending the grounds at the University of Queensland's own 64 MW Warwick Solar Farm.


UQ 64MW Warwick Solar Farm, Relief from the rain

  • University of Queensland (QLD)

The University of Queensland's own residential sheep taking shelter from the rain at the 64MW solar farm. They are on a break from maintenance tasks where they mow and ...


UQ Warwick Solar Farm

  • University of Queensland (QLD)

Aerial view of the University of Queensland's own 64 megawatt Warwick Solar Farm. The wholly university owned farm is powering UQ to be 100% renewable.


CSUDH 1MW/4 Hr Battery Storage

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills (CA)

Large-Scale Battery Storage - California State University, Dominguez Hills recently installed one of the largest behind-the-meter battery storage systems in Southern California, which currently provides demand response services that net the ...


Dickinson College Achieves Carbon Neutrality

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Carbon Neutral 2020 - Dickinson College attained carbon neutrality in 2020, reaching a goal that was established in 2007. Dickinson reduced GHG emissions by increasing energy efficiency of the campus, switching ...


43.8 kW Roof Top Mounts Multiple Locations

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

Three rooftop solar installations on campus totaling 43.8 kw at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, Bell Tower Parking Deck, and North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Education Center.

  • Posted July 20, 2021
  • Green Power Projects
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45 MW PPA Exoplexus

  • Macalester College (MN)

We purchase our renewable energy from a 45MW solar PV grid in Minnesota. It is owned by Ecoplexus and fed into Xcel Energy's portfolio.

  • Posted July 20, 2021
  • Green Power Projects
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4.5 mW Carport Canopies

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

The rows of high-reaching solar panels will provide 4.5 megawatts and supply one-third of the campus’ energy demands during peak periods. The new system also will add 44 electric ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
  • Green Power Projects
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2 mW PPA: Off-Site Solar Farm

  • Clark University (MA)

2 mW, 9 acre solar farm off-site in Charleton MA for which Clark receives the exclusive alternative PPA credits.

Through a state and federally supported program to encourage the development ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
  • Green Power Projects
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42 kW Alpine Garage and Field

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

There is a 42kW system on the Alpine Garage and Field. UCCS retains 17/42 of the attributes.

  • Posted July 15, 2021
  • Green Power Projects
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182 kW Gallogly Events Center

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

As of 10/3/2017, the University’s largest, on-site solar system was installed on Gallogly Events Center. It is a 182 kW photovoltaic system and it allows the Gallogly ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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6.5 kW: Facilities Management Building

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)

Sac State installed a Photovoltaic (PV) system with a new car port located behind the Facilities Management building during the 2001-02 time frame. The car port is 108 Ft. long ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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614 kW Solar Arrays - 4 Installations

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Georgia Tech is a large user of power but we reduce the associated impacts by incorporating solar energy into many of our buildings. In total there are over 4,000 ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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120 kW: Ivy Stacks Building

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The UVA-owned Ivy Stacks solar array was designed and installed by Sun Tribe Solar and aims to support the University’s sustainability and carbon-reduction goals.

The solar array came online ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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364 kW: Ruffner Hall and the Bookstore to Dominion Power

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The university says the solar panel systems – one atop Ruffner Hall and the other at the University Bookstore – consist of 1,589 solar panels, each one about 3 by 5 ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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126 kW: Clemmons Library Roof Installation

  • University of Virginia (VA)

In 2017 a 126 kW solar PV array was installed on the roof of Clemmons Library.

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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15 kW: Skipwith Hall

  • University of Virginia (VA)

In 2016, a 15 kW solar PV array was installed on Skipwith Hall.

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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3 MW Power Purchase

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson's Solar Field is a 3-MW solar facility constructed on Dickinson property. Dickinson purchases electricity from the solar field through a power purchasing agreement with Tesla.

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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11 kW Array Cassat-James Residence Hall

  • Carleton College (MN)

A 10.6 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) panel array was installed on the Cassat-James roof as part of this residence hall construction project in 2009. Electricity production averages 10 MWh ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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5 MW Solar Farm Installations

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

The 5-MW solar project consists of two solar arrays, each providing 2.5 MW of clean energy. Construction on the project began in 2016 with the first array (Route 14 ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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515 kW Installations - Tutt Library

  • Colorado College (CO)

The library includes a geothermal energy field on Armstrong Quad, consisting of 80 wells, a 115-kilowatt rooftop solar array; a 400-kilowatt offsite solar array; a green roof-top garden; and a ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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35 kW Ground Installation - Baca Campus

  • Colorado College (CO)

A 35 kw solar array was installed at CC's Baca campus through work done by NSO Priddy Trips in 2015. The array was funded by an allocation of $50 ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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200 kW Power Purchase - CU Solar Farm

  • Missouri State University (MO)

While sunshine itself is free, the equipment to turn it into a usable source of power is not. The CU Solar Initiative provides customers the ability to more easily afford ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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48 kW Solar PV Array -- McCarthy Gymnasium / FDC

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

The McCarthy Gym array is part of the microgrid research facility and it is currently operating in "island mode."stss

  • Posted July 15, 2021
  • Green Power Projects
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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.

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