Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.37 / 4.00 Linda Kogan
Office of Sustainability
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Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
147,632 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 0 MMBtu
Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site 2,242 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 5,802 MMBtu
Option 4: Purchased third-party certified RECs and similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a certified green power purchasing option) 5,685 MMBtu

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

There is a 13.6 mW solar photovoltaic thin-film laminate system on the roof of the Science & Engineering Building. And there is a 25 mW solar photovoltaic panel system on the roof of Centennial Hall. Since rebates were provided by Colorado Springs Utilities in order to make the projects financially feasible, UCCS does not retain the environmental benefits of these systems.

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

There is a 68 panel solar thermal system on the roof of the Recreation Center that is designed to supply the energy required to heat the swimming pool, spa, and showers.

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

UCCS purchases wind energy equivalent to the annual electricity use for three buildings on campus: Kraemer Library, Columbine Hall, and Summit Village. As well, the university purchases solar energy from the SunShare community solar garden for the Heller Center.

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

REC's were purchased for the Gallogly Events Center, Centennial Hall, and Copper and Eldora House to offset all or a portion of the electricity usage in those buildings for two years.

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

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