Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

American University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.44 / 4.00 Hannah Moskowitz
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
316,968.89 MMBtu
+ Date Revised: July 12, 2019

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:
117.43 MMBtu

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

There is Solar PV on the following buildings through a PPA:

Washington College of Law
Bender Library
Katzen Arts Center
Mary Graydon Center
Greenberg Theater
3201 New Mexico Ave

The Solar PV included in this data is from School of International Service (SIS) as we only retain this electricity.


Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site, performance year:
119.60 MMBtu

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

The on-site renewable non-electric energy is solar thermal. The solar thermal data included is for Mary Graydon Center.


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, performance year:
93,902.14 MMBtu

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

AU, GW, and GW Hospital have a 52 MW solar farm located in North Carolina. The solar generation from our solar farm provides AU with 50% of its campus electricity usage.


Total third-party certified RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a utility-provided certified green power option) purchased during the performance year:
98,952.11 MMBtu

A brief description of the RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products, including contract timeframes:

AU purchases renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to 50 percent of purchased electricity. By purchasing RECs, AU is enabling the production of clean, renewable energy. AU ensured that these RECs have real environmental benefits by purchasing Green-E certified RECs from Renewable Choice Energy.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 16
Geothermal 0
Hydro 1
Natural gas 12
Nuclear 18
Solar photovoltaic 50
Wind 2
Other (please specify and explain below) 1

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

Other includes oil, methane, solid waste, and biomass, all valued at <1% each.

Half of our electricity is provided by the local utility and the other half comes from offsite solar.


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

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:
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Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
60.92

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