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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 68.76
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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George Washington University
IC-2: Operational Characteristics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A
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Endowment size:
1,576,508,282 US/Canadian $

Total campus area:
200 Acres

IECC climate region:

Large city

Gross floor area of building space:
8,050,200 Gross Square Feet

Conditioned floor area:

Floor area of laboratory space:
304,619 Square Feet

Floor area of healthcare space:
61,600 Square Feet

Floor area of other energy intensive space:
74,699 Square Feet

Floor area of residential space:
2,572,078 Square Feet

Electricity use by source::
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 0.10
Coal 43.83
Geothermal 0
Hydro 1.13
Natural gas 16.67
Nuclear 34.47
Solar photovoltaic 0.05
Wind 1.70
Other (please specify and explain below) 2.05

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:

Other sources in GW's purchased electricity supply mix through its retail electric suppliers include the following:

Captured Methane - Coal Mine Gas
Captured Methane - Landfill Gas
Fuel Cell - Non-Renewable
Gas - Other
Inter-Utility Net Energy Purchases
Oil - Distillate Fuel Oil
Oil - Jet Fuel
Oil - Kerosene
Oil - Petroleum Coke
Oil - Residual Fuel Oil
Solid Waste - Municipal Solid Waste
Wood - Black Liquor
Wood - Wood/Wood Waste Solids

In addition, 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.

Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 0
Electricity 13.40
Fuel oil 4.10
Geothermal 0
Natural gas 82.50
Other (please specify and explain below) 0

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:

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