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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 Silver
Overall Score 56.19
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date May 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Florida International University
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
426,345.71 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 0.06 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) 0 MMBtu

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

The School of International and Public Affairs building has a small photovoltaic installation on the roof. This installation produces about 17 kWh annually. This is currently the only renewable energy on campus.

The PerformDance Solar House is currently under construction and will be a net-zero building that will be "home" to the Office of University Sustainability. FIU is 100% committed to renewable energy as long as the project is truly sustainable meaning it is also economically feasible and has a payback of less than 5-7 years. FIU is working on many other energy projects that can have major impacts on sustainability, for example our energy conservation efforts.


A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:
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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:
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The website URL where information about the institution's renewable energy sources is available:

FIU tops the Florida State University System in energy performance, saving millions each year in energy costs. FIU decided to work on efficiency first, before we explore renewable energy. The most effective way to achieve environmental sustainability is to use less energy. Using less energy means reduced demand on energy generators. Energy never used is the cleanest, greenest, and most renewable of all energy sources. By this standard, FIU again leads all Florida universities.

Over a seven year period, FIU’s reduced carbon footprint has saved over 11,979 tons of CO2, saved 307,153 trees, and saved over 1,347,919 gallons of gasoline.

On average the other State Universities spend 41% more for every Dollar FIU spends on energy.

For the past 7 years FIU has outpaced the other State Universities on energy consumption per square foot. (FIU Campus CUI $1.44 – SUS Avg. Campus CUI $2.04)

For Fiscal Year 2015 (July 2014 to June 2015), FIU’s KBTU score is 61.90, 7% improvement over Fiscal Year 2014 (July 2013 to June 2014).

FIU Energy Conservation Report: http://facilities.fiu.edu/Documents/News/Energy_2015_9_4_15.ppt

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.