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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Renewable Energy for Colleges: Onsite and Virtual Solar Solutions

  • NRG Energy, Inc (NJ)

Procuring renewable energy is expanding beyond its obvious value as the environmentally responsible thing to do; now it's increasingly becoming an economically viable option, as well. Colleges and universities ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Creating a culture of operational visibility: the data-driven future of campus operations

  • BuildingOS (CA)

Join us to discuss how, by implementing cost-effective energy-efficiency measures, many colleges and universities have the potential to cut their energy bills by 30% or more. Yet campus sustainability practitioners ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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From 'What if?' to 'What's next?'

  • United States Department of Energy (DC)

Inspired by the power of asking 'what if', the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project (www.ornl.gov/amie) showcases an innovation platform to develop, integrate, and demonstrate energy solutions ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems: National Science Foundation (NSF) Initiative to Examine Critical Issues in Today's World

  • National Science Foundation

At the end of 2015, the NSF put out its first request for proposals for the INFEWS program. Over the next five years the program plans to fund interdisciplinary projects ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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White Paper: Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

The Intentional Endowments Network's new report titled “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments” was designed to encourage conversation about the financial and societal benefits of clean energy investments ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2016
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Obama, Bill Gates to lead major effort to spur spending on climate research

  • The Washington Post (DC)

This article describes the launch of two separate initiatives to invest billions of dollars in clean energy research and development. "Mission Innovation” is a commitment by countries - including United States ...

  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016

  • United Nations Environment Programme

This report tracks private and public investments in renewable energy, including research and development funding. Key findings in relation to R&D funding include:

  • Research and development spending on renewable energy ...
  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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296 kW Rooftop Arrays: School of Law Building, MacMillan Law Library, and North Decatur Building.

  • Emory University (GA)

Together, the three sites will have the capacity to produce about 295.5 kilowatts (kW), a rating of the systems' direct current (DC) output power, according to Brent Zern, assistant ...

  • Posted Nov. 2, 2016
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539 kW Rooftop Array: Res/Rec

  • North Central College (IL)

The installation of 1,632 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and energy storage system on the roof of the Residence Hall/Recreation Center (Res/Rec) will provide 22 percent of the ...

  • Posted Nov. 1, 2016
  • Green Power Projects
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Certificate of Specialization in Energy and Clean Technology Law

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

JD and LLM (traditional track) students are eligible to earn this certificate, which encourages students to develop a broad background in fundamental areas of the law while receiving advanced training ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2016
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Promoting energy efficiency in a South African university

  • University of Johannesburg (Gauteng)

Electricity supply issues have resulted in widespread blackouts and increased utility costs in South Africa. This is placing financial pressure on universities as they have limited means of increasing their ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Report: Options for Achieving a Carbon Neutral Campus by 2035

  • Cornell University (NY)

Created by the Senior Leaders Climate Action Group at Cornell University to better inform decision-making on reaching carbon neutrality by 2035. The report focuses on cost-benefit analysis of solutions to ...

  • Posted Oct. 21, 2016
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4 kW State Farm Solar Research Facility System

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This research facility offers multiple opportunities to students and staff at Appalachian state to conduct research in photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies. There are a number of photovoltaic and solar ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2016
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3.2 MW Solar Parking Canopy

  • Bristol Community College (MA)

A new 3.2 MW solar parking canopy covering 800 parking spaces across five acres at the Bristol Community College’s Fall River Campus is the largest of its kind ...

  • Posted Oct. 18, 2016
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100 kW Ground Mount Array: Donald W. Reynolds Center for Technology

  • Western Nevada College (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

In 2012, a 418-panel arrangement that can produce 100-kilowatts of energy was placed adjacent to the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Technology.

  • Posted Oct. 18, 2016
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10 kW Rooftop Array: Measurement, Materials & Sustainable Environment Center

  • University of Kansas (KS)

Powerful research defines KU. And now it’s spelled out — in solar panels — on one of the newest buildings in KU’s engineering complex. Westar Energy recently awarded the university ...

  • Posted Oct. 18, 2016
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Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer Performance and Energy Use Tests

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

During fall 2015 and winter 2016, staff and students from the University of California , Riverside Office of Sustainability evaluated three energy efficient Ultra Low Temperature Freezers. This study tested the ...


Professional Master’s Degree in Energy & Environment

  • Boston University (MA)

The professional master’s degree in Energy & Environment provides a professional training degree for the student with an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities ...

  • Posted Sept. 26, 2016
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SCI - Waste - UCCS

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)
  • Waste Management (TX)

Students volunteer at the annual Mt. Trashmore event. This event provides a visual display of a day's worth of campus trash, which is then sorted to determine how much ...

  • Posted Sept. 23, 2016
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Sustainability Photos from Colorado State University

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Posted Sept. 23, 2016
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Energy Efficient Residence Hall

  • Unity College (ME)

Unity College completed a new two-story, 18,200-square-foot, 76-bed residence hall in August 2016. The ADA-compliant building houses incoming freshmen and features multiple common spaces for group studying, private bathrooms ...

  • Posted Sept. 23, 2016
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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry sustainability and research photos

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

ESF is unique among colleges and universities in that all educational and research programs are oriented toward natural resources, and toward the natural and designed environments. All that ESF is ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2016
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Cornell University Energy & Engagement

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Posted Sept. 16, 2016
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Arizona State University's Help Center

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The ASU Help Center provides support to students, faculty and staff sustainably due to ASU’s Green Purchasing Policy. The Help Center uses personal computers that meet the IEEE 1680 ...

  • Posted Sept. 15, 2016
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Center Renewable Energy System plant

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The picture highlights the main plant of CRES project.

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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American University SCI Photos

  • American University (DC)
  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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Furnace Brook Center Smart Home Laboratory

  • Onondaga Community College (NY)

Onondaga Community College has created a smart home laboratory at the College's Furnace Brook Center with the help of a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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Summer 2016 - St. John's University upgraded 41,000 lamps and 6,000 fixtures to LED

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

In Summer 2016, St. John's University invested $1.4 million to upgrade 41,000 lamps and 6,000 light fixtures to LED technology. Highlights of the project include:

  1. Utility ...
  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Draft Horses on the Farm

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production Gwilym Walker ' 17 drives draft horses on the college farm.

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Renewable Energy Projects at UC Santa Cruz

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

At the University of California, Santa Cruz, a cross-disciplinary group of engineering undergraduates--the "Green Wharf Renewable Energy Project" team--shows off its senior capstone design project, a low-impact marine microgrid energy ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Energy Initiatives at Mohawk College

  • Mohawk College (ON)

Applied wind and solar energy projects at the Fennell Campus of Mohawk College support teaching, learning and research on campus.

PV Solar panels on the roof of the David Braley ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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The Learning Exchange

  • Mohawk College (ON)

The Learning Exchange is LEED® Gold Certified, incorporating technologies that reduce the building’s overall energy consumption. Building systems are exposed to create a living lab for Engineering Technology students ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Mohawk Energy Research Centre

  • Mohawk College (ON)

An Engineering Technology student monitors a solar panel as part of the Mohawk Energy Research Centre (MERC).

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Peacock Hall photovoltaic array

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University currently has 17 renewable energy projects on or near campus, with plans to double the amount of energy generated by renewables in the near future.

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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SUNY Polytechnic Institute Campus Conservation Nationals Flyers

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)
  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Writing Solar Requests for Proposals (RFPs): Lessons from NREL’s University PV Implementation Assistance Program

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

With funding from the Department of Energy’s SunShot program, NREL is assisting higher education institutions with solar PV procurement. Universities issue RFPs as a way to get competitive bids ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Supporting Solar Energy through a Student-Financed Renewable Energy Initiative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The "Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development" case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Public College Foundation Investment in Solar

  • Wake Technical Community College (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Third-Party, Supporter-Financed Campus Solar: An Approach and a Partnership that Works

  • Luther College (IA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Appalachian State University students have a hands-on sustainability experience

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University’s leadership in sustainability education can be traced back to more than 25 years. The university houses the nation’s longest running Sustainable Development Program (est. 1991 ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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SUNY Polytechnic Institute Building Energy Dashboard

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)
  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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SUNY Polytechnic Institute Sustainability Path

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)

Solar PV and small wind turbine demonstration project funded by SUNY Small Grant Sustainability Fund

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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NC State Students Champion Solar Installation

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

In 2016, the Park Scholarships program celebrates its 20th year. Each class of Park Scholars chooses a legacy gift to leave the university, and the Class of 2015 chose to ...


Solar field and rooftop installations at the David Ames Clock Farm at Stonehill College

  • Stonehill College (MA)

The 15 acre solar field and two rooftop installations include 9,625 panels with a combined production of 3.384 million kWh per year, which covers 20% of Stonehill’s ...


Ball State University Campus-Wide Clean Energy Efficiency Geothermal Project

  • Ball State University (IN)

The system implementation demonstrates that geothermal energy coupled with ground source heat pump technology can be used on a large-scale district distribution system.


Tour of Residence Hall Rooftop Solar

  • Babson College (MA)

Sustainability Office staff and interns touring new rooftop solar thermal system.


Ecoroof Management Plan

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Broadway Residence Hall at Portland State University received LEED Silver certification in 2004,with a combination of sustainable construction practices and green building features, including a 18,000 square ...


Cal State LA Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility (H2 Station)

  • California State University, Los Angeles (CA)

The California State University, Los Angeles Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility (H2 Station) opened on May 7, 2014. The station is capable of producing hydrogen onsite from 100% renewable energy ...


Stanford's Building Sustainability Rating System

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford's building sustainability rating system recognizes buildings that are meeting their performance targets and motivates occupants to reduce their environmental footprint to improve their building's performance score.


Installation of Coiled Heat Exchange at Miami University

  • Miami University (OH)

Miami University’s new stormwater installation combines stormwater treatment and management, geothermal heating and cooling, energy reduction and water conservation. Through this system, rainwater is collected, slowed, cooled and cleaned ...

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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