The ENERGY STAR Higher Education Benchmarking Initiative

ENERGY STAR HigherEd Benchmarking InitiativeIf you’re looking for more information about the ENERGY STAR Higher Education Benchmarking Initiative (or HEBI), you’re in the right place!


The HEBI was created in 2020 to spark dialogue and action on efficiency, providing a way for colleges and universities to understand how the energy and water performance of their campus buildings compare to that of peer institutions through free, individualized scorecards. Please email Brendan Hall, Higher Ed Lead for ENERGY STAR Buildings, to stay in the loop.

The Second Round – Reporting Open July 1 through September 16, 2022!

Reporting for the second round of the HEBI is now open.

To participate in the second round, please follow the instructions, linked here. Per the instructions, participants need to submit energy (and optionally water) data and gross floor area through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® and respond to a supplemental survey.


The First Round

  • In the first round of the HEBI, EPA developed and distributed scorecards that showed peer rankings on campus energy and water performance to the more than 100 institutions with nearly 200 campuses that participated.
  • ENERGY STAR also developed a Summary Scorecard (PDF, 2.3 MB) of the first round to highlight overall performance trends of round one HEBI participants. Institutions that did not participate can use this resource to understand the relative performance of their campuses, while industry associations and other stakeholders can use it to get a handle on broader performance trends. The resource includes a list of most institutions that participated.