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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 Expired
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Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of South Florida
OP-8: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Christian Wells
Office of Sustainability
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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 :
12,110 MMBtu

Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated:
0 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 :
0 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:
0 MMBtu

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

Total energy consumed during the performance year :
987,993 MMBtu
+ Date Revised: May 18, 2012

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

Dr. D. Yogi Goswami, the John and Naida Ramil Professor at University of South Florida, and his team at the Clean Energy Research Center (USF College of Engineering) created and maintains the nation’s first 20,000 watt solar/electric charging station for electric vehicles. They are also in the process of building a solar power plant at the Tampa campus of USF with the goal of making solar energy available 24 hours a day at affordable prices. The on campus solar power plant is funded with a grant from the State of Florida through the Florida Energy Systems Consortium. Included in this project is a thermal storage system being developed with a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. For more details, see http://usfweb3.usf.edu/absoluteNM/templates/?a=3044&z=121.

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

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

The USF Clean Energy Research Center constructed a microturbine power plant fueled by landfill gas at the Hillsborough Heights Landfill in Tampa. For more details, see http://cerc.eng.usf.edu/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1.

In addition, Dr. Alexander Domijan, Director of USF's Power Center for Utility Explorations, worked with the Tampa Electric Co. to build a solar array and a renewable energy learning center at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. The 15-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system generates 15 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power the zoo's Treetop Skyfari sky ride. All of the solar power is be placed on the grid for others to use. Solar panels are placed at the elephant exhibit. TECO officials said the project will help the utility determine the technical, economic, and environmental effects of using smart grid technology. The renewable energy center is in the zoo's Safari Africa plaza and provides information about a variety of renewable energy sources. It was designed by a group of architecture students at USF. The $577,000 project is being funded by Tampa Electric and a $150,000 grant from the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, established in 1996 by the Florida Legislature to attract and retain high-tech industries. For more details, see http://pcue.eng.usf.edu/Webpages/index.htm.

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

For major events on campus, USF make use of Tampa Electric's Renewable Energy Program, which allows the university to purchase blocks of renewable energy (from solar and biomass) to provide the energy needed for each event. For more details, see http://www.tampaelectric.com/environmental/renewableenergy.

A brief description of co-generation technologies deployed:

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.