Conference Presentations

Introduction

AASHE’s database of conference presentations includes thousands of abstracts and presentation materials from AASHE’s annual Conference & Expo as well as presentation materials from other sustainability in higher education conferences.

At a Glance

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Contracting for Renewable Energy Procurement: Financing and Legal Strategies and Considerations

  • K&L Gates (DC)

Colleges and universities are adopting aggressive sustainability targets and deadlines to reduce carbon emissions. To meet these targets, institutions have a range of options, including installing on-site energy generation and ...

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Getting to a Green Light: How to Build Organizational Buy-In for Large-Scale Renewable Energy

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This interactive and action-oriented session will provide insights and tools to update your understanding of renewable energy, map out critical stakeholders on campus, and translate the renewable energy opportunity into ...

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Thompson Rivers University - The Solar Compass: A Case Study on Ground Mounted Solar Modules

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

In the summer of 2017, a collective of faculty, students, industry professionals and an innovative photo voltaic manufacturer installed North America's first ground mounted solar array. The installation is ...

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Renewable Energy for Campus Facilities Services

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Through our case study, we were able to demonstrate that a self-sustaining biodiesel program could be effectively operated on the Black Hills State University campus as well as potentially other ...

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University of Houston-Downtown Embraces Student Engagement in Urban Agriculture and Sustainability

  • University of Houston - Downtown (TX)

The University of Houston-Downtown has created a Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability (CUAS) to support research, teaching and community outreach. The program not only expands the educational opportunities for ...

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Hitting Bumps in the Road to Renewables

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Almost every month it seems like a new renewable energy project is announced on a college campus, feeding a sense of urgency at those colleges and universities who have not ...

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Shifting to 100% Renewable Campuses and Communities

  • Environment America (MA)
  • CALPIRG Students (CA)

College and university campuses can lead the way toward a future powered by 100 percent renewable energy. With the effects of climate change growing ever more apparent, and with the ...

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The Present & Future of the Open Energy Dashboard

  • Beloit College (WI)

The Open Energy Dashboard needs your help! OED is a free, open source energy dashboard that continues rapid development with 8-20 student programmers per semester and an expanding user base ...

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From Student Power to Renewable Energy: A New Approach to Investing in Solar

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Over the last year and a half, students at Southern Oregon University have worked to develop an innovative new approach to funding solar. Inspired by the power purchase agreement model ...

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Transitioning a 100-year Legacy of Campus Steam to 21st Century Geothermal

  • Carleton College (MN)

Colleges and universities are leading the way on the next generation of energy solutions. Efficiency, decarbonization, and cost management are important elements of these programs, yet how we engage the ...

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Campus-Wide Change: Turn Down for Watt

  • Northern Michigan University (MI)

Northern Michigan University's EcoReps and Facilities Management hosted the first Turn Down the Lights campaign during Sustainability Week in March 2018. During this week, corridor lights were turned off ...

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How to Benchmark Your Building in Five Minutes or Less

  • Lucid (CA)

As a management practice, benchmarking involves tracking building performance by regularly measuring key performance indicators such as energy use and periods of peak and low demand. Benchmarking then compares current ...

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Occupant Engagement and Centralized Controls: a Hybrid Energy Management Solution With Major Savings

  • Keewi Inc. (CA)

Introduction: Plug loads (PL), devices plugged into wall outlets, comprise approximately 1/3 of electricity use of commercial buildings, and are expected to rise to 1/2 by 2030. Traditional ...

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Using Sub-Metering to Prioritize and Measure Energy Management Projects

  • Macalester College (MN)

Every institution faces limitations as it relates to spending money. These limitations can be on operating budgets, staffing levels, or both. It is paramount while operating within these limits to ...

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Paying for Sustainable Development from Wasted Energy

  • NORESCO (NC)

The World Green Building Council posits that green buildings support nine UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Public-Private Partnerships (P3) have become a popular mechanism for higher education institutions to transform ...

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Turning Energy Challenges into Solutions at Higher Education Facilities

  • Constellation Energy (MD)

While budget cuts and finite resources can often act as hurdles to enacting energy efficiency improvements, these investments can produce long-term and unmatched benefits that significantly reduce overall energy expenses ...

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Infusing Energy Management with Classroom Scheduling

  • Western Technical College (WI)

Western Technical College integrated its classroom scheduling software with its building automation system software in the summer of 2017. This project allows us to control the heating and cooling of ...

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Student-Developed Energy Management Information System

  • Macalester College (MN)

Like many other educational institutions, our college cares about the efficient use of energy and seeks ways to reduce its impact on the environment. We promote energy-wise behavior among students ...

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Creating a Successful Campus Temperature Policy

  • Wesleyan University (CT)

Heating and cooling account for more than 60% of Wesleyan's energy and carbon footprint. In 2013, Wesleyan's Utilities Manager estimated that we could reduce our energy consumption 20 ...

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The Impact of Real-time Visual Feedback on Electric Consumption at Middlebury College

  • Middlebury College (VT)

The typical associations with 'energy efficiency' are production oriented. However, in order to make a meaningful impact, these innovative production solutions need to be matched equally with creative ways to ...

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Transforming Our Tomorrow - A New Clean Energy Vision

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Whenever, I run into a problem I can't solve, I always make it bigger. I can never solve it by trying to make it smaller, but if I make ...

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Scaling UP Renewable Energy Beyond Campus

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

The Paris Agreement (at the moment) represents civilizations best path forward for global action and accountability of our collective reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions. What happens when a significant ...

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Getting to 100% Renewable Electricity

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • University of Denver (CO)

Colorado State University (CSU) signed the Climate Reality Pledge in January 2017 - pledging to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Since electricity is responsible for ~50% of CSU's GHG ...

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Off Site Solar - A Group Effort

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Bowdoin College (ME)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)

Amherst, Bowdoin, Hampshire, Smith and Williams colleges-signed an agreement in February 2018 to purchase off-site renewable electricity. This agreement will facilitate the construction of a 'utility scale' solar power facility ...

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A Billion Dollar Deal: Public-Private Energy Partnership Advances Campus Effort Beyond Efficiency

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • ENGIE

In July 2017, Ohio State launched an innovative approach to sustainably manage its building energy use, in a manner that will provide significant energy management knowledge and financial capital back ...

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Rising to Meet the Challenge of 100% Renewable Energy

  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Campuses are increasingly looking to renewable energy as the most financially attractive strategy for making dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieving their GHG goals. The costs of ...

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University of Denver's Renter Efficiency Program for Students

  • University of Denver (CO)

The University of Denver's Renter Efficiency Program for Students offers free energy audits to students who are renting off campus houses or apartments. The goal of these energy audits ...

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The Upgrade Alternative: When Energy Upgrades Prove Cost Prohibitive, Microgrids Offer Another Path

  • SimpliPhi (CA)

K-12 and higher education systems across the U.S. and beyond often struggle to upgrade or install energy efficient HVAC and other energy equipment in the face of shrinking budgets ...

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Piloting of a Hybrid Continuous, Live, Virtual, and Traditional Energy Audit Methodology

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

This poster showcases a comprehensive, student-driven energy efficiency study at Florida Gulf Coast University. This case study examines best practices for energy metering and benchmarking in a single campus building ...

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Estimating the financial feasibility and technical potential for solar PV on all U.S. schools

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

In 2016, approximately 64% of total electricity generated in the United States came from fossil fuel sources, while approximately 2% came from solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation. Due to this ...

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Bates College Conversion to Burn New Wood-Based, Liquid Fuel in Central Steam Plant

  • Bates College (ME)

Bates College has begun burning a new, wood-based liquid fuel in its central steam plant - the first college in the country to do so. This new fuel, called Renewable Fuel ...

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Reduce Peak Demand and Increase Grid Stability With On-Site Energy Storage

  • Austin Community College (TX)

The Austin Community College District (ACC) has installed a 72kW energy storage system on their Eastview campus. The grant funded battery project, known as Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy ...

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So You've Got Energy Meters - Now what? Dealing With the Other Challenges to Getting Energy Data

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)

It's hard to manage what you don't measure, and this is especially true with energy. We are strong believers in the role energy data analysis plays in helping ...

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Step Changes in Climate Action: Data-Driven Plans to Decarbonize Campus Energy Systems

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Integral Group (CA)

Answering the call to address the climate crisis is one of the central themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Colleges and universities have been working to deploy energy ...

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Building Relationships Between Sustainability Offices and Diversity Offices

  • Williams College (MA)

Sustainability offices and diversity offices have a lot in common - both in our roles and in our subject matter. Both offices are change agents, frequently struggling against the same kinds ...

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Where civil rights fit into sustainability: an environmental justice workshop

  • Ithaca College (NY)

An in-depth exploration of how civil rights and environmental justice fit into the global sustainability framework, this presentation will utilize case studies from across the US to exemplify how environmental ...

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Think Outside: Educating about Conservation and Race in the Great Outdoors

  • Messiah College (PA)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA)

We need multi-lateral participation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the UN; however, the narrative of environmental protection, and the subsequent sustainability movement, is dominated by a ...

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Engaging Students and Low-Income Community Members: Successes in Conservation and Social Equity

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The FLOWS program (Foundation for Leaders Organizing for Water and Sustainability), is made up of diverse CU Boulder Environmental Center student staff and historically marginalized community members that team up ...

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Sustainability Best Practices to Contain the Uncontainable: Lessons Learned From UVA & August 11/12

  • University of Virginia (VA)

UVA's responses to the white supremacist rallies at UVA and Charlottesville during the summer of 2017 can serve as an example to other institutions as white supremacy and violence ...

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Anti-Oppressive Youth Facilitation

  • Power Shift Network (DC)

From organizing campaigns to coordinating community engagement events. From engaging in political advocacy efforts to training with youth. Wherever your youth engagement falls, there are best practices for working with ...

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Addressing Collegiate Basic Needs Through the Sustainability Lens

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Addressing the basic needs of student populations is a fast growing and important topic on College and University campuses. Collegiate basic needs encompasses food and housing security, financial education and ...

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What About Accessibility? The Intersection of Sustainability and Accessibility on College Campuses

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

In 2013, the United Nations defined accessibility as '... an inherent right that benefits all. It is not derived from special legislation; nor is it a concern solely to persons due ...

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Increasing Diversity in a Sustainability Internship Program

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Institutionalized forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, and homophobia are embedded throughout our society. One of the many ways that this materializes is in the hiring process and in ...

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Moving Past Tokenization: Integrating Social Equity Internally and Programmatically

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

What does environmental justice programming really look like in higher education? How do we avoid tokenization of marginalized groups within the environmental movement and move beyond buzzwords such as diversity ...

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A New Hope: Training Social Sustainabilistas

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

In past AASHE presentations, our office highlighted how we weave social sustainability into our hiring, training, outreach, and planning efforts. This time, our focus will be the ways we implement ...

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Food and Housing Security Among NC State Students

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a comprehensive framework for approaching sustainability from a global perspective. The goals are also incredibly relevant for higher education not only in teaching, research ...

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An Introduction to the Role of Race, Class and Gender Issues on Campus Sustainability Work

  • Hackman Consulting Group

This introductory session explores the powerfully important ways that dynamics of race, class and gender (RCG) impact the efficacy of our campus sustainability work, and then suggests how a racial ...

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To Rise, We Need Critical Conversations About 'Unsustainable' Race, Class & Gender Privilege

  • Hackman Consulting Group

While attention to the ways dynamics of racism, classism and gender oppression target people of color and native people, poor and working class people, and cisgender women and trans* people ...

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Developing and Utilizing a Social Justice Lens in Order to Achieve Global Goals for Sustainability

  • Hackman Consulting Group

As evidenced by this national moment, a lack of critical understanding of social justice (SJ) issues makes achieving global sustainability goals near impossible. Conversely, thoughtful attention to SJ issues affords ...

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Integrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Into Higher Ed Sustainability Work

  • Bucknell University (PA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Better understanding, supporting, and addressing social sustainability work in higher ed is paramount in creating institutions that welcome and nurture intellectual and personal growth among a diverse campus community. The ...

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