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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.08 / 4.00 Norm Menter
Energy Resource Conservation Manager
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
2,688,401 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 523.20 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) 51,030 MMBtu

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

UW Seattle's five on-site solar photovoltaic installations generate electricity at the following locations:
1. UW Mechanical Engineering Building - 2.65 kW
2. UW Center for Urban Horticulture-Merrill Hall - 9.6 kW
3. IMA - 64.4 kW
4. Power Plant - 8.6 kW
5. Mercer Court A - 34 kW

Additional information about these installations can be found at these links:
http://www.seattle.gov/light/Green/greenPower/Accomplishments/uwmeb.asp
http://www.seattle.gov/light/Green/greenPower/Accomplishments/merrill.asp
http://dashboard.mckinstry.com/uw/
https://uwsolar.wordpress.com/home/

+ Date Revised: May 4, 2016

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

None.


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

None.


A brief description of the RECs and/or similar renewable energy products:

The UW Seattle campus participates in Seattle City Light’s (SCL’s) Green Up program by paying a premium on electric bills, which SCL uses to fund solar demonstration projects and purchase RECs from new renewable energy sources that include wind, geothermal, dairy bio-gas and small hydro. In 2015, the UW paid $224,340 in premiums. As a result, SCL bought 14,956 MWh of RECs.

(NOTE: Participating in the Green Up program does not impact the UW's GHG accounting because all SCL delivered power is carbon-neutral. Any GHGs produced by non-hydro sources are offset by SCL, irrespective of the Green Up program.)

+ Date Revised: May 4, 2016

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.