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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date July 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colgate University
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
376,304 MMBtu

Clean and renewable energy from the following sources::
Performance Year
Option 1: Clean and renewable electricity generated on-site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes 0 MMBtu
Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site 217,180 MMBtu
Option 3: Clean and renewable electricity generated by off-site projects that the institution catalyzed and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes 0 MMBtu
Option 4: Purchased third-party certified RECs and similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a certified green power purchasing option) 16,593 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable electricity generating devices :

All of our electricity is purchased from our local municipality.


A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:

Colgate's wood-fired boiler processes approximately 20,000 tons of locally and sustainably harvested wood chips per year. Each year, this renewable and carbon neutral resource helps the university avoid consuming the equivalent of 1.2 million gallons of fuel oil and saves us over $1.8 million in heating costs.

We also grow some of our own energy in the form of fast-growing willow. Our willow plot is located only a mile from campus on a 7.5 acre plot. We anticipate harvesting about 100 tons of willow every 3 years over the next 30 years.


A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:
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A brief description of the RECs and/or similar renewable energy products:

In 2013, we purchased 4,863 mWh of Green-e certified wind RECs from Sterling Planet.


The website URL where information about the institution's renewable energy sources is available:

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