Leaders in higher education can leverage high performance buildings to attract and retain students and faculty by offering comfortable and productive environments for living and learning. The operational cost savings can provide the means to stabilize tuition or to catch up on deferred maintenance.

  • Fiscal challenges created by declining state and federal funding—and enrollments that are growing by as much as 10 percent annually in some states—can be partially offset by energy-efficient buildings and operational efficiency.
  • Students are demanding sustainable campuses, and colleges and universities are responding. Over 680 schools have joined the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), expressing their intent to reduce carbon emissions in the near future.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) provides additional information.