Higher Education

Higher Education

With more than 20 million post-secondary students, and over 5 billion square feet of floor space, the higher education sector in the United States spends an estimated $14 billion annually on energy costs. Colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions across the U.S. hold unique places in their communities—as civic, academic, and cultural stewards, and opinion shapers. Students, staff, alumni, elected officials, and the general public expect higher education institutions to exhibit wise leadership coupled with strong fiscal oversight—a challenge in the best economic times.

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A blog profiling Better Buildings partners as well as the ins and outs of energy savings projects.

Better Buildings Summit

Building owners and operators, energy managers, and directors are invited to join us for the Summit this May 15-17th. Sessions and workshops will be offered specifically for the commercial sector.

Better Buildings SWAP

Watch the cities of Atlanta and Boston as they swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of the busiest airport in the world and one of the nation's oldest libraries.

Featured Solutions

Delta Force Implementation Model
U. Va. implemented an internal, cross-functional retro-commissioning team with a cost-recovery element akin to a revolving loan fund, so future projects can be paid for with metered savings from past and future projects.
UC Berkeley's Energy Management Initiative (EMI) targets building occupants through building surveys and energy dashboards, and allocates energy cost responsibility to individual campus operating units to achieve savings of $6.5 million, 58.7 million kWh and 893,000 therms in just three years.
UC Irvine's empirically derived technical and behavioral performance improvement program supports risk-taking and questions status-quo practices to produce exceptional results across the board.
sustainNU is Northwestern University's comprehensive occupant engagement program that encourages sustainable behavior, builds leadership capacity, and removes barriers to sustainable practices by leveraging certification programs, social media, outreach events, and friendly competition.
The South Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is one of four campuses located throughout Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. This facility was the largest single energy user in the entire CCAC system, and the HVAC system was maintenance-intensive. 
University of Utah performed HVAC and fume hood mehcanical upgrades, combined with new sensor and control technologies to deliver an expected 44% energy savings.

Priorities

Meet the Sector Committee Chair