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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Lots of Watts: Building an Energy Cohort to Buy Big Renewables

  • Lafayette College (PA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

As campuses face climate action targets, or seek to manage energy budgets, large-scale renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) have emerged as a practical and cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Incorporating Stakeholder Values: Assessing Renewable Energy Options at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

To determine options for renewable energy development and procurement, the Campus Sustainability Office at Portland State University (PSU) turned to it's Living Lab program to engage students in this ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Committing your campus to 100% renewable energy

  • Environment America (MA)

It's 2019. We have the power to harness clean, abundant energy from the sun and the wind, and we can do it more efficiently and cheaply than ever before ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Preparing and Implementing an Energy Master Plan

  • St. John's University, New York (NY)
  • Antares Group Inc. (MD)

The Energy Master Plan completed for the St. John's University Queens campus provided a Roadmap for the campus to meet the GHG and energy reduction targets as a member ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Future of ENERGY STAR in Higher Education

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • RE Tech Advisors (VA)

This networking session will focus on the support ENERGY STAR can offer to colleges and universities to help improve building efficiency. We'll recap the recent work ENERGY STAR has ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Care Enough 2B Energy Aware: Using Submetering & Energy Models 4 Curriculum Dev. & Community Action

  • St. Louis University High School (MO)

St. Louis University High School's faculty-coached and student led Energy Reduction team uses Energystar Portfolio, electric and solar panel submetering data, and energy modeling to create accessible curriculum for ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Faculty Sharing Success Stories of Teaching with Paul Hawken's Book DRAWDOWN

  • Fort Hays State University (KS)
  • Project Drawdown (CA)

CALLING ALL FACULTY: Have you taught with Paul Hawken's best-seller book 'Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming'?? Bring your stories to share during this ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Energy Challenge as a Tool for Campus Engagement and Sustainability Education

  • University of Denver (CO)

The Center of Sustainability's Energy Challenge was redesigned from previous years which involved competitions between residence halls to reduce their electricity, natural gas and water consumption. The new structure ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Empowering Energy and Resource Conservation in University Faculty and Staff

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This presentation is an informative and engaging seminar on two of Northern Arizona University's (NAU) Conservation Programs, The Green Office Certification Program (GOC), and Energy Mentor Program (EM). These ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Installing Solar on Campus: A Student-Led Action Plan

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Gonzaga Renewable Investment Group will discuss options for financing renewable investments and describe how we have analyzed Gonzaga's buildings for solar panel installment. These important components are combined into ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Maximizing Campus Sustainability through Student/Staff-Driven Energy Efficiency and Engagement

  • Colorado School of Mines (CO)
  • McKinstry (WA)

Learn about driving behavioral/engagement strategies to increase campus sustainability from two universities leveraging energy-saving programs to accomplish this. These campuses are utilizing social science-based behavioral principles to break down ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Reducing Energy Costs and Improving Sustainability while Improving Indoor Air Quality

  • Dynamic Air Quality Solutions (AR)

The lowest hanging fruit for energy-saving initiatives has been lighting. Today, designers are looking for other places to find savings. Air filtration and IAQ offer huge opportunities for energy efficiency ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Design and Operational Consideration for Sustainable Maker Environments

  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (PA)

With the recent surge of interest surrounding the Maker Movement, many universities have allocated resources to developing their own maker spaces. The benefits of a maker education are vast, providing ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Smart Control Heating Ventilation and Cooling Systems on College Campuses

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

An in-depth look at Events2HVAC software and Smart HVAC system analysis regarding energy efficiency and economic viability on college campuses. Events2HVAC software integrates scheduling as building automation, allowing HVAC systems ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Institutional and Industry Partnership Yields Spokane's First Net Zero Energy Building

  • Eastern Washington University (WA)
  • McKinstry (WA)

Many higher education campuses across the globe are committing to sustainable operations with some charting pathways toward zero energy and net positive campuses. This session will highlight Eastern Washington University ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Panel Primer: A How-To from Colleges and Universities that have Earned ENERGY STAR Certification

  • American University (DC)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

This focused panel session will bring to bear the experiences of a cross-section of colleges and universities that have earned ENERGY STAR certification for their buildings in the past few ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Are Electric Buildings a Feasible Carbon Neutrality Strategy?

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (CA)
  • EHDD (CA)

The path to campus carbon neutrality is becoming clearer: electrify everything and procure renewable electricity. Electrifying campus energy infrastructure is a complex undertaking that requires a significant financial investment. While ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Beneficial Intersections of Energy, Resilience, & Health

  • Stantec Consulting, Ltd. (WA)

How can three important elements of sustainable buildings - energy efficiency, resiliency, and health and wellness - be integrated for better overall outcomes? How can the returns of sustainable building strategies with ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Road to Building a Zero Carbon Building

  • Mohawk College (ON)

In October 2016, Mohawk College broke ground on a one-of-a-kind net zero energy project and opened its doors in Fall 2018. The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Carbon Neutrality in a Cold Climate - A Portfolio Approach to GHG Emissions Reduction

  • Bates College (ME)

We will be highlighting our multi-faceted approach to hitting carbon neutrality reduction goals - Fuels, Efficiency, and Culture. Bates College has begun burning a new, wood-based liquid fuel in its central ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Strategic Electrification: Scenarios for How and Why Carbon Neutrality Depends on It

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)
  • GreenerU (MA)
  • Integral Group (CA)

More than 300 schools have pledged to achieve carbon neutrality at some point in the future through Second Nature's reporting platform. For nearly every school, carbon neutrality through means ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Canada's colleges and universities among the greenest in the world

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Nova Scotia Community College (NS)
  • Mohawk College (ON)
  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

CBC News shares the news that college and university campuses across Canada are some of the greenest schools in the world according to the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index.

  • Posted Sept. 30, 2019
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Utilizing Building Data for Modern Campus Sustainability

  • Wentworth Institute of Technology (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • BuildingOS (CA)

Debra Shepard, Principal at Riverstone Sustainability and Sustainability Advisor to Wentworth Institute of Technology, shares how the team has activated modern energy management practices to build a culture of sustainability ...

  • Posted Sept. 26, 2019
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Webinar: Sustainability Master Planning from All Perspectives

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)
  • AASHE (PA)

Using Texas A&M University as a case study, staff will introduce integrated sustainability master planning from all perspectives: social, environmental, and economic. Both a campus level and department level plan ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2019
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Implementing Energy Efficiency through Sub-meters

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • AASHE (PA)

Participants will learn how to begin sub-metering utilities on their campus and how this data can inform and justify not only the cost of the sub-meters, but of energy efficiency ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2019
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Webinar: Student Power to Fund Renewable Energy: A New Take on the Solar PPA

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

As campuses look to expand on site renewable energy generation, one of the greatest barriers to implementation is often initial project funding. Over the last year and a half, students ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2019
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Sustainable Energy Development MSc

  • University of Calgary (AB)

The University of Calgary’s Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) is a combined offering through the Haskayne School of Business, Schulich School of Engineering and the Faculties ...

  • Posted Aug. 2, 2019
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Ohio State Energy Partners Hosts Smart Campus Challenge

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

The first Smart Campus Challenge, presented by Ohio State Energy Partners ENGIE and Axium Infrastructure, concluded with all six finalists winning $144,000 dollars, combined, for their project proposals to ...


Mohawk College SCI submission 2

  • Mohawk College (ON)

The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at Mohawk College is the first pilot project for The Canada Green Building Council® (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Program. This framework is Canada ...


Mohawk College SCI submission 1

  • Mohawk College (ON)

The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at Mohawk College is the first pilot project for The Canada Green Building Council® (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Program. This framework is Canada ...


Research & Innovation to Improve Small Wind Turbines

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Ducted Wind Turbine Research - A Clarkson University aeronautical engineering professor, Ken Visser, received assistance from students and the entire campus community to develop and commercialize a ducted wind turbine. The ...


The University of Winnipeg's Biomass Heating System

  • University of Winnipeg (MB)

This silo on UWinnipeg’s main campus stores pellets used in the school’s new biomass heating system. The system runs on locally-sourced wood pellets that are fed into two ...


LEED Platinum Sustainability Center at CSUN

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

LEED Platinum Sustainability Center - The new LEED Platinum Sustainability Center at California State University, Northridge is the first Sustainability Center in the California State University system, serving as an educational ...


Sustainable CT Voluntary Certification Program -

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

In 2018, Eastern Connecticut State University's Institute for Sustainable Energy launched Sustainable CT, a voluntary municipal sustainability certification program to recognize thriving and resilient Connecticut communities. The program offers ...


Institutional Emissions and Energy Planning: A Practical Guide for Administrators, Managers and DecisionMakers on the Interactions Between Carbon Accounting, Institutional Goal Setting and Energy Procurement

  • Princeton University (NJ)

This report provides a practical guide about institutional emission and energy planning for administrators, managers and decision-makers. A key finding of this report is that institutions require an awareness and ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Knowledge, agency and collective action as barriers to energy-saving behaviour

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Energy saving is becoming a rising priority as a response to climate change and fossil fuel depletion in recent years. However, despite energy-related behaviour change being an important part of ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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A Solar PPA Designed for Positive Externalities

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • The Nature Conservancy (VA)

Drs. Meghan Hoskins and Peter Buckland from Penn State’s Sustainability Institute in collaboration with Elizabeth Johnson, The Nature Conservancy, PA and Emilie Wangerman, Lightsource BP will describe the rationale ...

  • Posted July 18, 2019
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Renewable Energy Specialization, Bachelor

  • DeVry University - Naperville Center (IL)

Have a passion for technology and protecting the environment? Get started on a path to a new and more fulfilling career with a Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in ...

  • Posted July 11, 2019
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DESS in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

  • Ecole de Technologie Superieure (QC)

This program totals 30 credits and has continuing education objectives. It is intended for engineers and professionals wishing to acquire advanced knowledge on the different types of renewable energy. They ...

  • Posted July 10, 2019
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RFQ for Large Scale Renewable Energy consultant

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This template will assist you in drafting a REquest for Qualifications for a consultant to assist in acquiring renewable energy via a Large Scale Renewable Energy (LSRE) project. Adapt at ...


Renewable Energy Minor

  • American University of Sharjah (Ash Shariqah)

Renewable energy is a multidisciplinary area that integrates different fields including electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The minor provides students with an opportunity to acquire skills that would enhance their ...

  • Posted June 3, 2019
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Plug Load Metering Pilot at Swarthmore College

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

This report goes over the research and beginning stages of starting a pilot at Swarthmore college aimed to test a new technology, plug load meters. These have the ability to ...


The Searle Biodiesel Lab - Loyola University Chicago's Student-Run Biodiesel Program

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

The Biodiesel Lab is a student-run biodiesel production facility within Loyola University’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. Starting from a single student’s idea over a decade ago, nearly 100 ...


WU January Hall Renovation: Journey from no certification to designed to achieve LEED v4 Platinum and beyond

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Constructed in 1922, Grace Valle January Hall housed the School of Law from the mid-1920s until the completion of the Seeley Mudd Law Building in the early 1970s. January Hall ...


Heritage building re-envisioned, modernized and integrated with a 21st-century addition to become an energy-efficient and sustainable living laboratory

  • Royal Roads University (BC)

The $24.3M Sherman Jen Building (SJB), which opened to students in September 2018, was a renovation and re-visioning project that repurposed an underutilized, energy inefficient, 3,120 square metre ...


The Impact of Solar-assistance on Electric Golf Carts

  • Georgia College & State University (GA)

In the Condensed Matter Research Lab at Georgia College, we conducted a real-world experiment to quantify the impact of vehicle-mounted solar panels. Our campus golf cart fleet consists of both ...


Combine biomass DES and Low Carbon Electrification approaches to eliminate 100% GHG emissions from natural gas

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has met or exceeded Global, National and Provincial GHG reduction targets over past 10 years. Since 2010 TRU has reduced GHG emissions by more than 35 ...


Do, Learn, Do: Expanding Green Roof Infrastructure at Notre Dame

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

*See this story for more information: https://news.nd.edu/news/largest-roof-greenscape-in-indiana-lives-atop-notre-dames-joyce-center/ *

Athletics are key to campus life at the University of Notre Dame, as are the facilities that make ...


Our Solar Potential

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Farm the Sun with Us is a term project led by students working on an assessment to determine the feasibility of implementing a campus solar farm. The project continues to ...


UVA Clark Hall Delta Force Renovations

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia's Office of Sustainability within the Facilities Management department developed and currently runs the Delta Force Initiative, an internal performance contracting program. that increases energy efficiency ...

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