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.

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.

2017 Progress Report

More than 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.

2017 Summit Presentations

Over 100 presentations from the 2017 Better Buildings Summit sessions are now available to download and share.

Featured Solutions

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.
This session explored the benefits of deep energy efficiency as the lowest-cost measure for reducing energy use and emissions, as well as innovative ways to secure offsets by sponsoring campus community energy efficiency.
In this panel, organizations participating in the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator shared their success stories and describe the strategies they employed to cut energy consumption in their laboratories.
Representatives from Seventhwave and University of Washington's Integrated Design Lab discussed outcomes from two plug load energy reduction field studies.
Wireless meter and control technologies are on the rise, helping to improve building system performance and cut energy costs.This session presented two case studies showcasing the implementation, outcomes, and lessons learned of these technologies on plug loads in retail and higher education buildings.

Priorities

Meet the Sector Committee Chair