Tools and Resources
The ISE can provide your campus with a variety of services and resources, including:
Energy Benchmarking: Energy benchmarking is a useful tool to gather, interpret, and analyze energy data to determine the efficiency of a building and track energy use. ISE assists campuses with benchmarking using Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager, an online tool developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to track energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The benchmarking process involves the collection of energy bills that are entered into Portfolio Manager and often a walk-through of the building to identify energy savings opportunities. The energy data of the building is compared to buildings with similar demographics to calculate the efficiency of the building.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory: A Greenhouse Gas Inventory provides a quantification of a campus’s carbon emissions and helps colleges track progress in reducing their carbon emissions. Many colleges and universities have signed the American College and University Presidents’ climate commitment that requires campuses to set targets to become carbon neutral. ISE assists colleges and universities in performing GHG inventories using Campus Carbon Calculator (provided by the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute).
Climate Action Plan: The climate action plan is one of the requirements for colleges and universities signing onto the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The climate action plan elaborates on what actions the college or university will implement to reach their carbon neutrality goal. ISE assists campuses in developing climate action plans.
Other Useful Resources:
Energize CT is an initiative of the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, the State, and local electric and gas utilities that provides Connecticut citizens with resources and information to make smart energy choices.
Connecticut’s Lead by Example program provides resources for public agencies and universities to become more energy efficient, including the State’s standardized Energy Savings Performance Contracting Program.
The ACUPCC is a network of colleges and universities that have made commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate progress towards climate neutrality.
AASHE provides leadership and resources to advance sustainability in higher education. Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a standardized instrument to measure progress toward sustainability on campuses.
The Princeton Review releases an annual guide to green colleges in the US and Canada, based on commitments to sustainability in academic offerings, infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.