Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.29
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Colorado State University
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Carol Dollard
Energy Engineer
Facilities Management
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
CSU Energy Reserve Fund

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

The Energy Reserve Fund is based on the idea that being green can be profitable (or more accurately; bring a return on investment). An initial investment of $500,000 created a discretionary fund for green facilities projects and improvements which are evaluated for their ability to save the University money and ultimately grow the fund.

The program has been a great success. The funding has grown from $500,000 in the first year to just under $870,000 in year four. After 5 years of seeding, the project is set to become self-sustaining - with savings from previous years' projects continuing to fund new initiatives.

This has been an important model for supporting sustainability at our University, especially a large research-driven land grant University.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The overall effects of these projects can be seen in the University's utility bills. Since the ERF has been established, total energy use has decreased 13% when normalized for weather and building square footage. Water use is down 5% and overall utility costs have remained stable despite an increase in utility rates.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
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Energy Yes
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Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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