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AASHE STARS Credits through ENERGY STAR®

Last Updated: 01-21-2021

Download this five-page guide for a summary of ENERGY STAR tools and resources that may be used to earn AASHE STARS credits (version 2.1, July 2017), including points possible and credit descriptions. It also includes a link and pointers for using the AASHE STARS Reporting Template, which is a report available in Portfolio Manager that enables users to easily generate all ENERGY STAR metrics that can earn points toward AASHE STARS.

Market Sector: Higher education
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Case study: Northwestern University

Last Updated: 07-08-2020

This two-page case study highlights the energy efficiency activities of Northwestern University, the first college or university to ever win EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence award.

Resource Type: Success stories
Market Sector: Higher education
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DataTrends: Energy Use in Residence Halls / Dormitories

Last Updated: 11-18-2016

This 2-page factsheet summarizes the energy, operational, and property characteristics of residence halls / dormitories benchmarking in Portfolio Manager. Other statistics are also presented in an easy-to-read format.

Topic: Portfolio Manager
Resource Type: Research and reports, DataTrends
Market Sector: Higher education
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Des Moines Public Schools Financing Case Study

Last Updated: 09-09-2016

Learn how Des Moines Public Schools, a school district with more than 32,000 students and 70 facilities encompassing almost six million square feet of space, was able to improve its facilities and maximize energy savings by financing energy efficiency improvements through revenue bonds.

Topic: Financial
Resource Type: Success stories
Market Sector: Higher education, K12 schools, State & local government
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Did Your Energy Efficiency Project Get Lost in Translation? Financial Speak for Facility Managers

Last Updated: 06-20-2020

Do you have energy efficiency projects that have been postponed or rejected due to capital budget limitations, other projects with better returns, or lack of expertise? Yet, from your perspective the project should be a “no brainer” due to the immediate positive cash flows generated by the energy savings. Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project. The self-funding aspect of energy efficiency is often under-appreciated by senior management, and you want to be able to clearly address any questions, concerns, and benefits.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Financial
Resource Type: Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
Market Sector: Restaurants, Retail, Senior care, Multifamily housing, Small business, State & local government, K12 schools, Corporate real estate, Congregations, Auto dealers, Commercial real estate, Federal agencies, Higher education, Hospitality, Healthcare, Grocery & convenience stores, General industrial/manufacturing

ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings College Course

Last Updated: 02-05-2020

Interested in teaching your students about building energy efficiency? EPA offers an interactive course that explores the following topics:

Resource Type: Communication tools
Market Sector: Higher education
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ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings College Course Condensed Unit 1: Why Energy Efficiency Matters

Last Updated: 07-12-2018

See what the ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Course has to offer by clicking through the presentation for Unit 1 which discusses the multiple benefits of improving energy efficiency, barriers to efficiency together with how to solve them, and how EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings program fits into the efficiency equation.

Resource Type: Communication tools
Market Sector: Higher education
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ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings College Course Overview

Last Updated: 07-12-2018

Read through this 2-page PDF to get an overview of the ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings College course and learn about the advantages of adding it to your syllabus!

Resource Type: Communication tools
Market Sector: Higher education
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ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings College Course Student Assignments

Last Updated: 07-12-2018

The ENERGY STAR condensed course offers expanded assignments that instructors can use for additional applied, hands-on learning. These are designed to be utilized as take-home assignments and can be modified as instructors see fit.

Resource Type: Communication tools
Market Sector: Higher education
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ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings College Course: About the Course

Last Updated: 09-09-2016

This two-page handout provides an overview of the ENERGY STAR college-level course, "Introduction to Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Through EPA's ENERGY STAR Program."

Resource Type: Communication tools
Market Sector: Higher education
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