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Report Card 2011

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Climate Change & Energy

The list of Climate Change & Energy Leaders is comprised of the 134 schools that earned "A" grades in this category. Below is a sample of 10 very different institutions that all earned high marks. These summaries are based on data from each school's profile page.


Eastern Kentucky University  has achieved a 50 percent reduction in energy use since 2005. The university utilizes a variety of energy reduction measures across campus, including temperature setbacks, LED lighting, lighting sensors, T5 and T8 lighting, temperature control timers, HVAC system upgrades, and vending machine sensors. Community members are also encouraged to conserve energy through awareness campaigns.


  McGill University  has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 19 percent since 2003 and aims to decrease emissions from its Power House 30 percent by the end of 2010. The university purchases 97 percent of its energy from renewable sources.


The  University of Montana has completed greenhouse gas emissions inventories and aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2020, partially through the purchase of carbon offsets. Numerous energy efficiency technologies have been installed, including lighting upgrades, HVAC system upgrades, and energy management systems. Some campus chillers have been replaced by a geothermal cooling system.


The  University of North Dakota has completed greenhouse gas emissions inventories and aims to reduce emissions to 49 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Since 2000, the university has achieved an 11.5 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and sixty-five percent of electricity purchased for the campus comes from renewable sources.


Oklahoma State University  completed its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory in January 2009. Employing an energy management system in 85 percent of buildings, the university conducts energy audits and monitors energy use from its on-campus cogeneration plant. Ninety percent of building space has high-efficiency lighting.


Princeton University  has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The campus has an energy management system installed in most buildings, is able to monitor individual building energy use, and has conducted building-specific energy audits. Lighting sensors and energy-efficient lighting have also been installed, and there is a photovoltaic array and a geothermal system on campus.


Rutgers University  has conducted a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has committed to reduce emissions 20 percent from 2008 levels by 2020. The Livingston campus features a 1.4-megawatt photovoltaic array, and the university has installed energy-efficient lighting and replaced high-temperature hot water lines in the circulation system.


The University of Toledo is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2014. Energy use on campus has decreased through the use of efficiency technologies such as economizers and steam trap systems. The school generates renewable energy from biomass, solar power, geothermal, photovoltaic, and wind sources, and purchases renewable energy credits.


Swarthmore College  recently completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has reduced emissions by 60 percent since 2005. The school purchases renewable energy and encourages the campus community to conserve energy through awareness campaigns.


Washington University  has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, a 27 percent reduction from current levels. After conducting extensive audits of campus buildings, the Energy Reduction Committee is targeting lighting retrofits, conversion to high-efficiency gas boilers, and ventilation heat recovery systems. The university also incorporates 30-year operating expenses when calculating new building costs.


Climate Change & Energy Leaders


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