Greensboro NC (PRWEB) October 21, 2011
ESG Energy has recently become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, an association of colleges and universities working to create a sustainable world. Through its membership in AASHE, ESG Energy will be able to better understand and assist higher education institutions in advancing their sustainability initiatives.
“ESG Energy is passionate about helping colleges and universities manage and verify their sustainable initiatives,” said Craig Whittaker, president of ESG Energy. “We look very forward to working with AASHE and its membership as they increase their sustainability.”
AASHE enables colleges and universities to meet their sustainability goals by providing specialized resources, professional development, and a network for sharing information about sustainability products and services. Membership covers the entire business or campus, so everyone can take advantage of event discounts, access to member-only resources, and other benefits.
“We are delighted to have ESG Energy on board and participating in the campus sustainability community,” said Paul Rowland, executive director of AASHE. “Their involvement in AASHE demonstrates a commitment to working with higher education to create a just and sustainable future for all.”
ESG Energy helps campuses through verification of baseline emissions and offers education on how to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on utility costs. “Campuses that achieve a 10% reduction in their carbon footprint are eligible to become certified through ESG Energy’s Carbon Footprint Reduction Program, “ says Whittaker. “The CFRP builds upon the international best practice for measurement of carbon emissions, including the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and ISO14064.”
Among AASHE’s major programs is the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), which provides higher education with a standardized, comprehensive self-assessment instrument. STARS metrics cover every sector of campus, from planning and administration to operations, to education and research. With STARS as a roadmap or guide, institutions can select meaningful and appropriate pathways to sustainability while conserving valuable resources, mitigating global warming, and building healthier communities.
Another major program that AASHE supports is the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Over 650 presidents and chancellors to date have signed this commitment and are leading their institutions to climate neutrality as soon as possible. AASHE hosts the climate action reporting tool for the ACUPCC.
About ESG Energy
ESG Energy is a leading provider of green building verification services for the National Association of Home Builders, energy analysis services for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Homes program, and water use analysis for the EPA’s WaterSense program. The firm has conducted green audits for several thousand HUD-maintained properties and assists municipalities and property owners through energy use analysis. ESG Energy’s Carbon Footprint Certification Program is intended to lessen climate change by encouraging good practice in carbon measurement, management and reduction. Visit http://www.esg-energy.com for additional information or call 336-373-1538.
AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It does this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.
AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. AASHE is a member-driven, independent 501(c)(3). Learn more at http://www.aashe.org.