Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.78
Liaison Margaret Lo
Submission Date Sept. 1, 2017
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STARS v2.1

George Mason University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.02 / 4.00 Mary Liang
Sustainability Analyst
Sustainability
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
777828 MMBtu

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:
9.70 MMBtu

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

Mason has several small solar photovoltaic installations on campus and is working to develop more in the future. Mason has an innovative zero-carbon mobile art exhibition gallery and community space with a 130 watt solar panel; two solar powered trash compactors each having a 208 watt solar panel attached; two solar powered fleet vehicles each powered by 187 watt solar panels; a 285 watt solar powered outdoor picnic table; and a 795 watt solar powered outdoor collaborative space.


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

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

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:
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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:
4077 MMBtu

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

In FY16, George Mason University purchased 1,196,000 in wind RECs to offset its annual electricity use for Ike's Dining Hall in 2015-2016. This is equivalent to 508 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Due to a change in Mason's strategy, for the matching performance year of FY16, Mason purchased RECs for newly constructed buildings from a Green-E certified vendor. In FY15, Mason purchased 13,890,000 kWh of Green-e Certified Wind Renewable Energy Certificates that offset 13% of its electricity consumption. This was equivalent to 5,905 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. In FY14, Mason offset 13% of its electricity consumption.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
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A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:
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Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
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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:
0.53

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