This webinar will dive into the inaugural round of the ENERGY STAR Higher Education Benchmarking Initiative, or HEBI. Nearly 200 campuses representing nearly 100 institutions in the United States and Canada participated in the first round of the HEBI, which provided participants with free scorecards showing how their campus-level energy and water performance compared with that of peers. The goal of the HEBI was to provide actionable insights on performance, moving the conversation beyond sector barriers like the perception of incomparability and incomplete coverage of building-level energy metering.
EPA ENERGY STAR will provide a summary of findings from the HEBI – extrapolating results to AASHE member institutions and the sector as a whole – and review an example scorecard with open time for questions. A panel of three participating higher ed institutions will speak to the value they found in participating in the HEBI including how they plan to make use of their scorecard. ENERGY STAR will then tee up a proposed structure for the second round of the HEBI, with an opportunity for attendees to share reactions and feedback. At the end of the webinar EPA will discuss how the HEBI fits into its broader ENERGY STAR strategy to support colleges and universities in meeting their campus climate action and sustainability goals by improving the energy performance of their buildings, highlighting existing and potential tools and resources, support, and recognition opportunities.