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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 51.95
Liaison Erin Stanforth
Submission Date July 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Virginia Commonwealth University
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.01 / 4.00 Steve Heinitz
Recycling Manager
Physical Plant
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
585,735.33 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 1,412.25 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 MCV Campus Steam Plant has a 6.6 KW solar panel array on the south-facing side of the plant’s stack.
A 163 kW solar array on the N Parking Deck.
A 179 kW solar array on the West Broad St Parking Deck.
A 1.2 kW solar array at the PPD Admin Building.
A 2.4 kW solar array at the School of Engineering West.
A 2.4 kW solar array at Larrick Student Center.
A 1 kW wind turbine at the Pollak Building.


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

A 50 gallon Solar Thermal hot wA ater heater supplies water to Ginter House and a 750 gallon Solar Thermal hot water heater supplies 40% of the water to Shafer Court Dining Center, the main dining hall for the Monroe Park Campus. There is an evacuated glass tube solar thermal installation at Grace St Housing.


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

VCU had no off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices during this reporting period.


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

We are purchasing clean energy from Dominion for the PPD Admin Building totalling 80, 849 kWh for FY2014


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

Total energy consumption reflects the Electrictiy Purchased for FY2014 and attributed renewable electricity for FY2014 only. Converted from kwh to MMBtu's.

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.