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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.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.06
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Columbia University
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.23 / 4.00 Allie Schwartz
Assistant Manager
Environmental Stewardship
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Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
2,635,159 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 0 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) 150,797.68 MMBtu

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

N/A


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

Four 2,000-foot deep geothermal wells are installed at Knox Hall. The geothermal wells, each eight inches in diameter provide heating and cooling by drawing ground water from the earth. The wells eliminate the less efficient chillers associated with more traditional systems and the University projects energy savings of 50% - 60%.


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:

Columbia has recently purchased two green power agreements for two buildings on the Manhattanville campus.


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.