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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Integrating Dorm Energy Meters Across the Curriculum

  • Lasell College (MA)

Dorm energy meters provide a wealth of data that can be integrated across the curriculum to promote connected learning. While the benefits of dorm energy meters for plant operations and ...

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2% through behavior: The Inside Scoop on one College's Ambitious Energy Conservation Goal

  • Luther College (IA)

In addition to aggressive energy efficiency upgrades, one small college has committed to reducing energy consumption 2%/year through behavior change. This is am ambitious goal, but through creative programming ...

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Effects of Residence Hall Submetering on Student's Reported Energy and Water Use at Lynchburg College

  • University of Lynchburg (VA)

Submetering of buildings is commonly cited as a useful tool in not only identifying water leaks or equipment problems, but also in encouraging energy and water conservation among building occupants ...

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Successes and Challenges of MIT's Utility Partnership for Energy Efficiency

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

In May 2010, MIT established MIT Efficiency Forward: a ground breaking, multi-million dollar collaborative energy conservation and efficiency program with our electric and gas utility company NSTAR. The program is ...

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Climate Neutrality, Zero Net Energy Campuses, and Climate Action Plans - OH MY!

  • Mount Wachusett Community College (MA)

As the number of signatories to the American College and University President's Climate Commitment increases and Sustainability Teams effectively strengthen the trend for Climate Action Plans that target Carbon ...

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Going Underground on Campus

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This panel session will highlight lessons learned and steps used when campuses put to use a range of types of geothermal heating and cooling strategies. Success stories to be shared ...

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Cogeneration: Creating Sustainable Energy for the Future at NYU

  • New York University (NY)

College campuses have a major opportunity for energy use reductions: district heat and power, also known as cogeneration. This presentation will examine NYU's new cogeneration power plant located underneath ...

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Fracking with Higher Education: Student Activism and Mobilization in the National and Local Context

  • New York University (NY)

What does the modern student movement look like on today's college campuses? How do they mobilize, communicate, and orchestrate their action? What are their tactics? Sit-ins? Boycotts? Petitions? Facebook ...

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Building Energy Analysis: Supply and Demand, Trending and Exception Reporting

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

In a university setting, the Energy Management Unit is responsible for all utility metering data for the 13 million square foot campus. This data includes the natural gas (NG), fuel ...

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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Analysis, Energy Consumption Analysis, and Sustainability Reporting for Higher Education

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

In order to analyze our GHG inventory, energy data from the central utility plants, building meters, transportation data, and carbon offset data is uploaded to an online system. The data ...

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Developing Energy Leaders for the Future

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Campus sustainability and energy initiatives can be challenging to tackle for a land grant university large enough to be a city of its own. Many different departments and programs are ...

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Campus Conservation Nationals: Lessons Learned by Competing to Reduce Dormitory Water and Electricity Use

  • Oberlin College (OH)

During fall of 2010, 120,000 students at 39 colleges and universities participated in the "Campus Conservation Nationals" (CCN), a three week competition to reduce electricity and water use in ...

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The Embodied Energy of Water

  • Organica Water (NJ)

Too often energy conservation and water conservation are separated as two very distinct and separate issues. The reality of it is that they are both very much interdependent. Energy is ...

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Zero Environmental Impact and the Water Hurdle

  • Organica Water (NJ)

There is a vision and a movement toward buildings with zero environmental impact. It can be said, that the only building that truly doesn't have an impact on the ...

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Renew Crew Honduras: A Replicable University Service-Learning Initiative for Hands-On Experience in Renewable Energy Technology

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

As part of an embedded energy and engineering service learning initiative, the Renew Crew, eleven university students, installed a solar photovoltaic array for a community owned and operated well in ...

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Cleantech business incubation on campus: Accelerating the Journey from innovation to impact

  • Polytechnic Institute of New York (NY)

The University-managed clean energy business incubator aspires to have a positive impact on the economic and environmental health of New York City by maximizing the success of emerging cleantech companies ...

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Path to the Net Zero Building: What You Can Learn from One College's Success Story

  • Portland Community College (OR)

In the fall of 2011, Portland Community College (PCC) will begin classes in one of the first Net-Zero academic buildings in the state of Oregon. The 5-classroom, 13,000- square-foot ...

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The Green Wave: Engaging Students and Benefitting the Community through an Energy Audit Training Course

  • San Jose State University (CA)

This session focus on a pilot energy efficiency audit training program, the Green Wave, launched in 2011 by San Jose State University and two partner organizations, the City of San ...

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Zero Net Energy Buildings are NEXT - A Proposal for Getting There

  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)

Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEB) are the NEXT frontier for the the sustainable building industry. While LEED Gold and even Platinum buildings are becoming more common, there remain few Zero ...

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Tracking Campus Energy Use: Building a Database from the Ground Up

  • Skidmore College (NY)

Some college campuses use networked electricity meters, so that power consumption data can be read online. However, at the presenters' institution, the system was fraught with multiple problems: memory space ...

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The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Campus Scale Biodiesel Production

  • Springboard Biodiesel (CA)

As the leading manufacturer of small scale biodiesel processors in a growing industry, Springboard Biodiesel has helped to install more than 6 mm gallons of annual biodiesel production capacity spread ...

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Getting to 30% Greenhouse Gas Reduction from Energy Consumed in Buildings

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

St. John's University - New York (STJ), a leader in PLaNYC 2030's "University Challenge", first private university to sign a MOU with EPA, and charter participant in AASHE STARS ...

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Student Center Features New High Efficiency Central Geothermal Technology

  • Trane (TX)

In July 2010 the school broke ground on a three-story, 70,000-square-foot student center scheduled for November 2011 completion. The new building is slated to achieve Leadership in Energy and ...

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The Path to Energy Independence: Green Workforce Development on the Most Remote Islands in the World

  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)

The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) calls for 70% energy independence in the State of Hawaii by 2030. A recent Hawaii Green Workforce Development Report claimed that the future is ...

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How to (Not) Build a Wind Turbine

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

On-campus wind energy is a strategy often considered by institutions in plans to reduce carbon emissions, hedge against volatile energy costs and meet renewable energy goals. However, such projects can ...

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EMpowered: Using Web-Based Energy Dashboards as a Delivery Platform for Culture Change Programming

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Energy dashboards have become a common tool for providing feedback regarding resource consumption and conducting energy reduction competitions. Our approach in developing the EMpowered project was to significantly broaden this ...

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Community organizing for energy conservation: The Power Police

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Power Police is a project of the Energy Efficiency Student Alliance (EESA) and Energy Management. The Power Police install powerstrips, timers, and light switch stickers in consenting offices during ...

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Capping campus energy consumption despite massive growth: The Oregon Model for Sustainable Development

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The Oregon Model for Sustainable Development is a new policy that places a firm ceiling on campus energy consumption. To achieve it, new construction projects must meet aggressive energy efficiency ...

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Generating Real Savings: Williams College's Integrated Energy Management Strategy a Year Later

  • Williams College (MA)

Instituting a comprehensive energy management strategy was an opportunity for Williams College to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and money, drive behavioral changes, and bring together diverse stakeholders with ...

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Driving Down Energy Use While Your IT Load Increases

  • Stanford University (CA)

In January 2009 Stanford University undertook the challenge of reducing electricity and chilled water usage in the main 20,000 square foot datacenter.

A year later, IT Load is up ...

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Cutting Carbon through Energy Efficiency, Technology, and Behavior Change

  • University of Florida (FL)

A review of programs at the University of Florida addressing structural and behavioral energy savings.

Buildings account for ~70% of the UF's GHG emissions, and energy efficiency is a ...

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Enterprising Students Lead Campus Sustainability Initiatives at Michigan Tech

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Michigan Technological University's innovative, student-centered educational initiative, the Enterprise Program, now has a team focused on advancing campus sustainability. Students enrolled in a variety of Enterprises form interdisciplinary teams ...

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Sustainable Scientists: Integrating Lab Users into Sustainable Laboratory Solutions

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

Research laboratories are typically the most energy-intensive spaces on university campuses. While energy usage is largely driven by ventilation needs, plug loads and user behavior are significant factors. Barriers to ...

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Green Billion-Dollar Challenge: Innovative Endowment Investing in Energy Efficiency

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)
  • GreenerU (MA)

Facing burdensome budget cuts and unstable energy costs, many colleges are grappling with how to finance urgently needed, but capital-intensive, energy efficiency retrofits. In response to this need, the panel ...

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Sustainable Building Energy Systems: Independent Evaluation for Improved Decision-Making

  • EarthLinked Technologies (FL)
  • Southern Research Institute (NC)

Southern Research Institute - an affiliate of UAB - operates the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Technology Center for the U.S. EPA. The GHG Center evaluates technologies that provide improved energy efficiency, GHG ...

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Building a sustainable data center

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Between 2000 and 2005 the footprint of our data center grew by 1000%. Clear patterns evolved showing the growth rate would continue and we were on an unsustainable path. Beginning ...

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LED University - Sharing the Experience, Expertise and Excitement of LED Lighting

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Marquette University (WI)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • Cree (NC)

The LED University® program helps colleges and universities around the world begin deploying LED lighting to significantly reduce energy use for lighting while dramatically lowering maintenance costs. According to the ...

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The End of Oil: A Model Course for Sustainability Education

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Because energy is central to all socio-ecological systems, a course on energy can easily become a course on everything. Therein lies both the promise and the challenge of a course ...

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Financing Renewable Energy Installations on University and College Campuses

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

When you evaluate the plans filed with ACUPCC for achieving Zero-Carbon by 2050, virtually every plan dependents on the installation and operation of on-site renewable energy. With today's difficult ...

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Room Temperature Biologial Sample Storage Programs at Stanford

  • Stanford University (CA)

Researchers at Stanford University and the School of Medicine can make a direct contribution to energy and resource conservation targets by replacing aging biological sample storage freezers with more efficient ...

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Energy Competitions: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Green Mountain College (VT)
  • Old Dominion University (VA)
  • Williams College (MA)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Lucid (CA)
  • University at Albany (NY)

How can institutions of higher education leverage resource reduction competitions to engage, educate, and motivate student behavior change?

Campus resource reduction competitions are a powerful platform to engage students in ...

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How Academia Can Support Appalachian Coalfield Communities Transitioning Towards Sustainability

  • University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College (HI)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Queen's University (ON)
  • Clearfork Community Institute (TN)

The Appalachian Transition Initiative (ATI) is a collaborative effort to develop a just, sustainable and desirable future in Central Appalachia. ATI is a partnership with over 40 different nonprofits, businesses ...

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Ground Source In-Depth: Two Systems, Three Years of Data

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • ZGF Architects (OR)
  • PAE Consulting Engineers (OR)

Ground Source Heat Pump systems, in which the relatively constant temperature of the earth is used to heat and cool a building, can be a significant energy efficiency strategy for ...

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Energy Storage Can Benefit Your Campus, Finances and Community!

  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • Trane (TX)
  • CALMAC (NJ)

Overall, today's electric utilities have twice the capacity they need, but they still run short of power to meet air conditioning demands during peak summer days. According to a ...

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UNCP Initiative - Performance Contracting as a Catalyst for Sustainability

  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke (NC)
  • Siemens Industry, Inc. (IL)
  • Celtic Energy, Inc. (CT)

Higher Education Institutions have increasingly used Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) as a tool to implement energy saving measures and infrastructure improvements in facilities. The continued erosion of State funding ...

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Sustainability Commitments, Actions & Economics: Managed Print Services

  • Cleveland State University (OH)
  • FirstMetrix Corporation (OH)
  • Xerox Corporation (MN)

Cleveland State University committed to a goal of developing, designing and implementing an enterprise wide document output strategy that is consistent with the Unviersity's mission and commitment to environmental ...

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America's Greenest Campus: Sustainability at Rio Salado College

  • Rio Salado College (AZ)
  • Scottsdale Community College (AZ)
  • SmartPower (DC)

Building a sustainable campus takes good policies - and engagement of students both in and out of the classroom.

In 2009, Rio Salado College won SmartPower's America's Greenest Campus ...

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Climate Action Implementation on research campuses: Lessons from large scale energy projects

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

For large research campuses achieving climate neutrality requires a combination of supply-side and demand-side energy initiatives. Panelists will focus on the implementation of Climate Action Plans underway at three universities ...

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Building Weatherization Planning through Cross-Campus Collaboration

  • Colby College (ME)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Last May, more than 50 students took a break from studying for finals and partnered with the school's Environmental Action Committee, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Green Program, and ...

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Internal Energy Auditing to Meet Portfolio-Wide GHG Reduction Goals at 3 Institutions

  • Colby College (ME)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Universities worldwide are committing to greenhouse gas reduction goals and implementing climate action plans. Optimizing building efficiency is often identified as a central strategy to achieving these ambitious goals. To ...

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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.

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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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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.