Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.09
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Florida International University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :

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:

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

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

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

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:

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

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:

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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass
Coal
Geothermal
Hydro
Natural gas
Nuclear
Solar photovoltaic
Wind
Other (please specify and explain below)

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

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

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:

Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:

FIU tops the Florida State University System in energy performance, saving millions each year in energy costs. FIU decided to work on efficiency first, before we explore renewable energy. The most effective way to achieve environmental sustainability is to use less energy. Using less energy means reduced demand on energy generators. Energy never used is the cleanest, greenest, and most renewable of all energy sources. By this standard, FIU again leads all Florida universities.

If has over $1 million in annual savings and almost $10 million over nine years compared to the #2 performer in the Florida State University System. FIU has more than $6 million in annual savings and $58 million in nine years savings when compared to the Florida State University System average. The university received a Prudential Productivity Award in June 2017 for the energy performance.

“This accomplishment is the sum of multiple efforts by the Facilities Management team including utility plant performance, efficient lighting, smart light switches, low-flow water fixtures and chilled water temperature monitoring. The university’s ongoing efforts to increase performance include independent utility meters, LED lighting in all new projects, online Building Management System (BMS) and working hand-by-hand with the FIU Office of Sustainability.” - 2/25/2014 internal press release on FIU energy performance

http://facilities.fiu.edu/Documents/Energy_Docs/FY14-15-FIU-SUS-Energy-Performance-Presentation.pdf
http://facilities.fiu.edu/Documents/Energy_Docs/FIU_Energy_Press_Release_2014.pdf

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