Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence - Energy Management


Northwestern University is a private academic and research university. In 2021, Northwestern made continued progress toward its energy use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, including by improving the average ENERGY STAR® score of its buildings. Key 2021 accomplishments include: 

  • Expanding the number of buildings that benchmark water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®. 
  • Finalizing a five-year energy management contract that aims to reduce its carbon emissions and provide learning opportunities for students.  
  • Launching an infrastructure master planning effort. 
  • Achieving a higher average 1-100 ENERGY STAR score across its portfolio of buildings relative to the year prior. 
  • Incorporating mention of its ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence award into the institution’s annual sustainability report, campus sustainability tours, and other communications. 
In 2020 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid more than $40 Billion in energy costs

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