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Webinar Demonstration of GRITS 1.0 and GRITS Affiliates

April 17, 2014
On Thursday, April 17 2014, SEI and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) co-hosted a webinar introducing the 1.0 version of the Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS) as well as the GRITS Affiliates program. Participants received a first-hand view of GRITS 1.0 and its latest features including the Project Library and ability to create custom Reports. With GRITS, users can create visuals that demonstrate energy, carbon, and financial savings, track cash flow and expenditures, and show payback periods, ROI, and project performance over time. The GRITS Affiliates program expands access to this web tool to all institutions and organizations in North America, regardless of whether they operate a revolving fund. A recording of the webinar is available here.

Webinar Series: Submetering in Green Revolving Fund Management 

December 10, 2013
The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) hosted the first of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge’s new webinar series that focused on submetering and whole building measurement as part of a measurement and verification (M&V) strategy.  The webinar featured Jim Gudjonson, Director of Environment and Sustainability at Thompson Rivers University, and Matt O’Keefe, Campus Energy Manager at the University of New Hampshire. Both described their process for weighing the costs and benefits of installing submeters and planning measurement and verification of project savings. A recording of the webinar is available here.

Advanced Strategies and Analytics for Campus Green Revolving Funds

October 2, 2013, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) co-hosted this webinar which focused on advanced topics related to managing a green revolving fund. The presentations covered measurement and verification of project savings, using analytics to forecast the fund’s future, and an in-depth look at the operations of Caltech’s green revolving fund. The webinar was the second in a series focused on implementing green revolving funds at colleges, universities, and other nonprofit institutions, and coincided with the recent release of SEI and AASHE’s second co-publication on designing, implementing, and managing GRFs. You can view a recording of the live broadcast and presentation materials here. Webinar presenters include:

  • Joe Indvik, Consultant, ICF International
  • John Onderdonk, Director of Sustainability Programs, California Institute of Technology
  • Matt Berbee, Energy Manager, California Institute of Technology
  • Rob Foley, Senior Research Fellow, Sustainable Endowments Institute
Implementation Strategies for Campus Green Revolving Funds

April 23, 2013, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), are hosting a webinar to address implementation approaches and strategies for green revolving funds. The green revolving fund model helps colleges and universities finance urgently needed energy efficiency upgrades on campus. However, many schools face challenges in designing, implementing, and managing revolving funds. Topics covered include sourcing seed funding, making the business case for a revolving model, auditing and identify projects, and measuring and verifying energy and cost savings. The webinar coincided with the release of an introductory implementation guide on green revolving fund management, co-published by SEI and AASHE. Webinar presenters include:

  • Judy Walton, Chief Publications Officer, AASHE
  • Joe Indvik, Consultant, ICF International
  • Susan Kidd, Director of Sustainability, Agnes Scott College
  • Matt O’Keefe, Campus Energy Manager, University of New Hampshire

You can view a recording of the live broadcast here.

Green Revolving Funds: Recent Trends and Notes from the Field
January 17, 2013
Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership (GPP),  Green Revolving Funds: Recent Trends and Notes from the Field showcases the results of the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s report Greening the Bottom Line 2012 and featured sustainability professionals from schools included. Facing steep budget cuts and rising energy costs, many colleges and universities are grappling with how to finance urgently needed energy efficiency upgrades on campus when operating and capital funds are scarce. The webinar explored innovative approaches, such as using return-oriented green revolving funds (GRFs) – a financing mechanism that colleges, universities, and nonprofits have increasingly adopted as a means to fund sustainability initiatives inside their buildings and operations. This webinar examined the key findings and trends of the second annual Greening the Bottom Line report based on data from 79 active GRFs at 76 institutions and published in partnership with GPP and more than a dozen other organizations. Speakers included:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
  • Mark Orlowski, Founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Emily Flynn, Manager of Special Projects, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration, Middlebury College
  • Sarah Fisher, Sustainability Strategic Planning Associate, University of Pennsylvania

Focus the Nation and the Billion Dollar Green Challenge
January 8, 2013 Hosted by Focus the Nation and the Sustainable Endowments Institute, the Student Leadership in Green Revolving Funds Webinar explores student experiences in the creation of green revolving funds. This webinar covers the general trends, financial and environmental benefits, and operational practices of GRFs in North America as researched inside Greening the Bottom Line 2012. The webinar also presents student stories on how GRFs are being pursued at the University of Utah and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. At the end of the presentation there is a brief Q & A and contact information for connecting with the featured presenters. To download this webinar as an MP4, please open this link in Firefox or Safari.


















































AASHE 2013

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The following sessions at the AASHE 2013 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee covered green revolving funds and the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. For more information, see the links below or email info@GreenBillion.org. We enjoyed seeing everyone, and appreciate all of the work by AASHE and its partners to host the conference!

Hands on Sustainability: Leveraging Green Revolving Funds to Ignite Collaboration

Sunday, October 6, 1:30-3:30pm, Student Summit Workshop
Utilizing case studies of green revolving funds (GRF) participants will work together in small groups to develop a pitch to campus decision-makers to start and manage a GRF. Groups will present their pitches to the whole workshop. After the presentation participants will be engaged in an open dialogue to reflect on how collaborating across disciplines increased the strength of their pitch and how it can increase the success of projects funded through the GRF.

Investing in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds
Monday, October 7, 9:30-10:45am, Plenary Panel 
An increasing number of colleges are establishing green revolving funds to tap into new sources of capital and scale up their institution’s commitment to invest in reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency. President Brien Lewis of Catawba College,  CFO John Hegman of Agnes Scott College, and Sustainability Director Heather Henriksen of Harvard University will share their stories and offer practical guidance on designing, implementing, and managing a revolving fund.

Billion Dollar Green Challenge Celebration  
Monday, October 7, 4:30-6:30pm, Nashville, TN 
We are hosting a Billion Dollar Green Challenge Happy Hour for those that are interested in learning more about The Challenge and connect with colleagues and friends in a casual and fun environment. This event is invitation only. Please email info@greenbillion.org for more information.

Show Me the Money! The Benefits of Investing in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds
Tuesday, October 8, 2:50-3:50pm, Administration and Planning Concurrent Session
Whether your college is striving to reach its carbon-reduction goals or is considering divesting from fossil fuel companies, green revolving funds (GRFs) offer a compelling investment opportunity. Hear from Agnes Scott College, Denison University, and Western Michigan University as they share their GRF stories.

Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Summit - April 2013

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The Sustainable Endowments Institute, in conjunction with The Billion Dollar Green Challenge, hosted the second Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Summit, at the University of San Diego on Wednesday, April 17.

The Summit’s theme was Transforming Energy Efficiency Upgrades from Expenses to High Return Investments, and it brought together leaders in financing sustainability with presidents, trustees, and senior officials in finance, facilities and sustainability at colleges, universities, foundations and other nonprofit institutions. Participants heard from green revolving fund leaders and experts, networked with individuals from other institutions, and participated in dynamic breakout sessions. The President of the Kresge Foundation, Rip Rapson, delivered the keynote address.

For questions on the Summit, email conference@greenbillion.org.


Invitation Committee

Jennifer Andrews
Deputy Director, Clean Air – Cool Planet

Felicia M. Davis
Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Enhancement
Institute for Capacity Building
United Negro College Fund

David Hales
President, Second Nature
Organizer, American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Julian Keniry
Senior Director, Campus & Community Leadership
National Wildlife Federation

Liz Maw
CEO, Net Impact

William F. L. Moses
Program Director, Education
The Kresge Foundation

Mark Orlowski
Founder & Executive Director
Sustainable Endowments Institute

David W. Orr
Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics
Oberlin College

Louisa Plotnick
Deputy Director, Building Retrofit Program
William J. Clinton Foundation

Paul Rowland
Executive Director
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Mitchell S. Thomashow
President Emeritus, Unity College
Director, Presidential Fellows Program, Second Nature

Agenda

Summit Agenda
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GRF Case Study

Elizabeth Kiss,
Agnes Scott College
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GRF Implementation

Joe Indvik,
ICF International
Anna Scott,
Lane Community College
Jeremy King,
Denison University
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Identifying & Securing Capital

Matt O’Keefe,
University of New Hampshire
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Project Accounting

Jennifer Stacy,
Harvard University
Matt Berbee,
California Institute of Technology
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MA LEEF Forum - July 2012

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The Sustainable Endowments Institute, in partnership with Healthcare Without Harm, hosted a forum at Harvard University on July 10, 2012, launching a new New England-based initiative, Leaders in Energy Efficiency Financing (LEEF).

Designed to build on the Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Summit in May, the LEEF Forum outlined LEEF’s mission to establish a network of higher education and healthcare institutions as a national model for sustainable energy efficiency financing. LEEF encourages the creation of self-managed green revolving funds (GRFs) to assist institutional investment in urgently needed energy efficiency building upgrades.

This one-day convening set the stage for the two-year project by bringing together higher education and healthcare administrators, as well as major Massachusetts players in the energy financing arena. Participants shared their own sustainability progress and learned from peers and specialists in the field. Thanks to the generous support of the Barr Foundation, there was no registration fee.

Please email LEEF@GreenBillion.org with any questions about the event.

Co-Hosts

Heather Henriksen
Director, Office for Sustainability
Harvard University

Mitch S. Thomashow
President Emeritus, Unity College
Director, Presidential Fellows Program, Second Nature

Invitation Committee

Gary Cohen
President and Co-Founder
Health Care Without Harm

Douglas Foy
President and CEO
Serrafix Corporation

Mark Orlowski
Founder & Executive Director
Sustainable Endowments Institute

Mariella Puerto
Senior Program Officer
Barr Foundation

Michael K. Thomas
President & CEO
New England Board of Higher Education

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Summit - May 2012

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The Sustainable Endowments Institute and our 15 partner institutions held the Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Summit at Harvard University on May 15, 2012.

This one-day gathering brought together national leaders in sustainability and finance with presidents, trustees, and senior officials in finance, facilities and sustainability at colleges, universities, foundations and other nonprofit institutions.

The Summit’s theme was Transforming Energy Efficiency Upgrades from Expenses to High Return Investments; the focus was on colleges and universities as pivotal points to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to demonstrate the groundbreaking budget benefits of green revolving funds.

Please email conference@greenbillion.org with any questions or inquiries about the Summit.

Co-Hosts

Heather Henriksen
Director, Office for Sustainability
Harvard University

Mitch S. Thomashow
President Emeritus, Unity College
Director, Presidential Fellows Program, Second Nature

Invitation Committee

Anthony Cortese
President, Second Nature
Organizer, American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Felicia M. Davis
Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Enhancement
Institute for Capacity Building
United Negro College Fund

Julian Keniry
Senior Director, Campus & Community Leadership
National Wildlife Federation

William F. L. Moses
Program Director, Education
The Kresge Foundation

Mark Orlowski
Founder & Executive Director
Sustainable Endowments Institute

Paul Rowland
Executive Director
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Participant List

Here is a list of a few of the current educational institutions, foundations and other institutions that have representatives who have already registered:

Educational Institutions

Agnes Scott College
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Bard College
Bentley University
Berkshire School
Boston College
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Denison University
Edgewood College
Emerson College
Ferrum College
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Guildford College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Lane Community College
Lasell College
Lethbridge College
Middlebury College
Northeastern University
Princeton University
Tufts University
Unity College
University of Buffalo
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Massachusetts
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of Saskatchewan
University of Southern California
University of the Pacific
Virginia Tech
Washington University in St. Louis
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Western Michigan University

Foundations and Other Institutions

ActionAid International
Clean Air-Cool Planet
David Rockefeller Fund
Department of Energy
Energy Future Coalition
Environmental Defense Fund
GreenerU
ICF International
IDEAS
Jesse Ball duPont Fund
Kresge Foundation
National Wildlife Federation
NewWorld Capital Group
United Nations
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Donation to HEET

In lieu of purchasing carbon offsets for participant’s travel to the Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Summit, SEI made a donation to the organization Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET). HEET, based in Cambridge, MA, provides assistance for local nonprofits in the Cambridge community through reduced weatherization services for their buildings and empowers local citizens by training them in energy-efficiency strategies and mitigating the local energy use.

With a donation of $500 to HEET, SEI’s gift will offset approximately 5.8 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of more than 6 people flying round trip from San Francisco to Boston. This donation will provide HEET with the ability to assist more nonprofit organizations in the weatherization of their buildings, estimated to provide more than $2,000 worth of cost savings over the lifetime of the building due to reduced electricity, heat, and water use.

Agenda

Summit Agenda
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