Green Revolving Funds: A Guide to Implementation & Management expands on the Introductory Guide released in January to provide practical guidance for designing, implementing, and managing a green revolving fund (GRF) at a college, university, or other nonprofit institution. Beyond establishing best practices and laying out a roadmap for implementing a GRF, it features technical guidance on measuring project performance and tracking the fund, as well as more case studies and solutions to common challenges. Read more here.
At 3pm EST on Tuesday, December 10, SEI will host Measurement and Verification: Submetering in Green Revolving Fund Management. This will be the first of The Billion Dollar Green Challenge’s new webinar series. This webinar will feature Jim Gudjonson from Thompson Rivers University and Matt O’Keefe from the University of New Hampshire who will present on building submetering methods.
We are excited to announce four institutions joining The Billion Dollar Green Challenge: Champlain College, the University of La Verne, Portland State University, and Pine Cobble School. The Challenge now includes a total of 41 institutions participating with a combined total of $75 million invested in self-managed green revolving funds (GRFs).
SEI Senior Research Fellows Shoshana Blank and Max Storto authored an article on green revolving funds in the October-December 2013 issue of the Planning for Higher Education Journal.
Energy efficiency offers institutions many benefits, such as lowering utility bills, reducing carbon emissions to meet climate goals, and gaining positive media attention. However, these upgrades also have the potential for improved health benefits. Read more here.
The Sustainable Endowments Institute and presenters from colleges and universities with green revolving funds hosted several sessions at the AASHE 2013 Conference in Nashville on October 6-9. Panels focused on various topics including student engagement, designing and implementing a revolving fund, and investment opportunities. Read more here.
At 1pm EDT on Wednesday, October 2nd, SEI and AASHE hosted “Advanced Strategies and Analytics for Campus Green Revolving Funds,” a webinar offering technical guidance for GRF management related to measurement and verification of project savings, fund analytics, and accounting systems. The webinar featured insights from a recent publication by AASHE and SEI titled Green Revolving Funds: A Guide to Implementation & Management. View an archive of the presentation.
Originally hosted on Tuesday, April 23rd, “Implementation Strategies for Green Revolving Funds” covered valuable insights on implementing GRFs from administrators and research and consulting organizations. The webinar offered an overview of a new publication by SEI and AASHE — Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation and Management — and a road map and tips on starting and managing such funds, with examples from Agnes Scott College and the University of New Hampshire. AASHE and SEI have made a recording of this webinar and the PPT slides available to the public, available here.
On April 17, the Sustainable Endowments Institute will host the second Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Summit. This year, the conference will be held at the University of San Diego and Rip Rapson, the president of the Kresge Foundation, will deliver the keynote address. The summit is co-hosted by Elizabeth Kiss, the President of Agnes Scott College, and Mitch Thomashow, the Director of Second Nature’s Presidential Fellows Program. Its theme is transforming energy efficiency upgrades from expenses to high-return investments, focusing on how colleges and universities play pivotal roles in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more here.
Water efficiency projects are a natural fit for a green revolving fund (GRF) as they provide tangible environmental benefits and can have quick paybacks. Even smaller-scale projects such as installing low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators in bathrooms or setting up water bins to collect rainwater for campus gardens can have big impacts. Schools like the University of Southern Maine, Harvard University, and Bethany College (Kansas) have already devoted some of their GRF funding to projects that conserve water.
Learn more here.