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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 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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George Washington University
OP-8: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.04 / 7.00 Doug Spengel
Manager, Energy and Environment Program
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Option 1: Total clean and renewable electricity generated on site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes :
11.90 MMBtu

Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated:
934 MMBtu

Option 3: Total 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 :
2,584 MMBtu

Option 4: Total RECs and other similar renewable energy products that the institution purchased during the performance year that are Green-e certified or meet the Green-e standard's technical requirements and are third party verified:
2,584 MMBtu

Option 5: Total electricity generated with cogeneration technology using non-renewable fuel sources :
0 MMBtu

Total energy consumed during the performance year :
803,561 MMBtu

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

The university has several signs that are lighted at night using solar energy collected and stored during the day, that are not counted in the figures in this section. A photovoltaic panel array above a walkway, known as the Solar Walk, is now in use between two buildings at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus. However, the metering equipment on this PV array was not reliable until late in the fiscal year 2013 so these figures were excluded from those shown above.

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

The university installed its first solar hot water system in March 2011 on a residence hall at 2031 F St. During the summer of 2011 the university installed two more solar hot water heating systems on residence halls at 1959 E St and Ivory Tower. Production from all three of these systems is included in the fiscal year 2013 figures shown above.

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:

The university purchased some RECs from local and/or nationwide wind energy farms.

A brief description of RECs or other similar renewable energy products purchased during the previous year, including contract timeframes:

RECs were purchased as a component of LEED certification for several new construction projects. A few RECs were also donated by an energy supplier.

A brief description of cogeneration technologies deployed:

None are in use at this time but construction has begun on a new unit on the Foggy Bottom Campus that is expected to start-up in late 2014.

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

With the main campus located in a dense urban area, on-site clean energy generation and carbon sequestration options are limited. However, GW is committed to leveraging its urban campuses in the District of Columbia and its Northern Virginia campus to pilot innovative green energy generation and sequestration options that can help reduce carbon emissions, both for the university directly and for its community.

New discoveries, equipment and systems for green energy and carbon sequestration are emerging at a rapid pace, but require testing and improvements. The university is using its campuses as testing grounds for new technologies and integrate the performance of these options into learning and research opportunities for students and faculty as appropriate. As part of this innovation strategy GW targets a 1,000 MTCO2e reduction in its emissions by 2025 through use of on-campus clean energy sources. Additionally, the university aims to produce 10 percent of its energy needs through on-site low-carbon technologies by 2040.

Many contributors to the GW carbon footprint are out of the university’s direct
control. As a single player in a complex system GW realizes it cannot reach carbon
neutrality independently or in isolation of other entities affecting carbon emissions for the D.C. area. The university is forging partnerships with other institutions in the Washington, D.C. community to both achieve GW’s own targets and assist the region in reducing its carbon emissions as well. The university is working with partners to decrease the carbon intensity of the its electricity fuel mix.

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