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

A report from Sightlines and The Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire

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.

Download the report for an in-depth view of key findings across the building life cycle including:

  • 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 both an environmental and financial perspective.