Higher Education

  • Aerial view of Sun Devils Stadium

    Arizona State University

    Extensive use of solar panels is just part of Ameresco's partnership with ASU, which also includes efficiency enhancements, cogeneration and a long-term capital plan developed with Ameresco's energy analytics and capital planning software.

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  • Roman-style columns on a building at Washington and Lee University

    Washington and Lee University

    Washington and Lee University chose Ameresco to help it reach its goal of running a carbon-neutral campus. Energy-efficiency upgrades and water and lighting retrofits reduced the university's carbon emissions by 2,787 tons annually, the equivalent of taking 483 cars off the road.

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  • The main entrance of Community College of Rhode Island

    Community College of Rhode Island

    The energy efficiency improvements completed by CCRI and Ameresco demonstrate the progress being made toward a more sustainable future for Rhode Island. The approach used here is an excellent example for other nonprofits and businesses throughout Rhode Island of how to help our environment, our economy and our bottom line."
    --Governor Lincoln D. Chafee

  • A sign for the Medical University of South Caroline with high-rise campus buildings in the background

    Medical University of South Carolina

    Chilled water system expansions, lighting retrofits, HVAC replacements and upgrades, boiler modifications, window replacements and steam trap replacements across the 68 buildings of MUSC's campus will yield $2.47 million annually in energy savings, and $22,000 in operations and maintenance savings.

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  • A Tennessee college campus with three-story buildings on a snowy day

    Tennessee Board of Regents

    Through energy and water conservation measures funded through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), Ameresco projects annual savings of 20% to 30% on energy and operating costs at 16 higher education facilities operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

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"The University of Alaska Anchorage chose Ameresco to assist us in our goal of becoming more energy efficient based on their proven track record in Alaska and their long history of successfully working with higher education institutions."

--John R. Faunce, PE, Director, University of Alaska Anchorage Facilities Planning & Construction

The modernization of campus energy systems presents significant opportunities for higher education facilities to attract new students and reduce utility, operation and maintenance costs. Most institutes of higher education must deal with a patchwork of old and new equipment, varying levels of operational efficiency and the lack of a campus energy management system to control overall energy use. For state schools, stricter energy consumption rules can stress budgets as funds are sought for mandated upgrades.

With an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) from Ameresco, higher education institutions can get the energy infrastructure upgrades they need now and stabilize ongoing utility costs to develop a source of capital in the future. Ameresco can modernize a single facility or provide comprehensive campus-wide energy management systems, built from best-in-class energy-efficient and renewable energy solutions, financed entirely with capital collected from campus energy conservation. Renewable energy systems lower energy costs, reduce reliance on the power grid, increase energy security and provide additional benefits for student recruitment. Ameresco also offers a behavior modification program that delivers life lessons for embracing efficiency and conservation measures.

Main building of East Tennessee State University


The Tennessee Board of Regents awarded a contract to Ameresco to provide energy-efficient upgrades at 16 higher education facilities with more than 5.25 million square feet of space. Annual utility costs of more than $7.4 million will be reduced by up to 30%, and emissions equal to 15,171 cars will be eliminated, through energy control upgrades, water conservation measures, variable pumping systems, HVAC upgrades and lighting improvements.

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Campus Energy Use and Student Recruitment
Campus renewable energy and energy conservation policies play a role in the ability of schools to attract and recruit undergraduate and graduate students. Increasing awareness of environmental responsibilities and the need for sustainable development at the primary school level has created a generation of students hard-wired to consider environmental impact as part of their decision making.

Ameresco can develop programs with higher education institutions that encourage energy conservation through changes in student behavior, such as reduced lighting, electricity and water use. We also develop renewable energy systems that serve as constant reminders that the institution is in touch with the concerns of its student base. Once relegated to recruitment in the sciences, campus energy use is now a consideration for students in every academic discipline. Schools that are seen as leaders in renewable energy use and energy conservation have an advantage in recruitment, as well as an energy use approach that delivers greater value for each energy dollar spent.

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