The State of Sustainability in Higher Education 2016: The Life Cycle of Higher Education Facilities

February 09, 2017

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Over the past two decades, colleges and universities have embraced numerous programs to minimize their environmental impact.

What were the “wins” for sustainability in higher education in 2016?

The annual State of Sustainability in Higher Education report produced by Sightlines and the University of New Hampshire aims to quantify and celebrate the sector’s progress, as well as outline specific and actionable opportunities for continuous improvement.

Key findings across the building life cycle include:

  • The decrease in operational energy consumption (8%) and related emissions per square foot (14%)
  • How higher education institutions consistently underestimate the impact of carbon emissions due to incomplete measurement
  • The need for formal policies like LEED in the daily operations, capital reinvestment, or demolition of buildings
  • The strategies institutions are currently employing to manage the impact of campus facilities and increase overall institutional sustainability – from an environmental & financial perspective.



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