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The Challenge Featured on NPR

August 19, 2014

On August 6, National Public Radio’s Marketplace, hosted by David Brancaccio, featured the Billion Dollar Green Challenge as a “compelling idea.” Read the full article and listen to Executive Director Mark Orlowski’s on-air interview here.

Launch of GRITS 1.0, GRITS Affiliates

April 22, 2014

PRESS RELEASE — “GRITS will level the playing field,” said Mark Orlowski, executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute. “Now, schools, colleges, hospitals and municipalities can more easily manage complex energy projects that previously required the extensive resources of large corporations and institutions.” Read more.

New Web App to Save Energy, Money

April 15, 2014

On Earth Day (April 22) SEI will launch the full Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS) 1.0 webtool and introduce the new GRITS Affiliates Program, open to all institutions and organizations in the United States and Canada. Learn more.

First hospital system and four other institutions commit to $1 million revolving funds each

March 12, 2014

In the past month, five more institutions joined the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, including a healthcare system and a secondary school. Each committed to capitalizing a $1 million green revolving fund (GRF) at their institution, with several hoping to grow their fund even beyond that target. Read on.

Four Schools to Join The Billion Dollar Green Challenge

December 4, 2013

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).

Webinar on Submetering in Green Revolving Fund Management

December 3, 2013

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.

Leading the Way in Sustainability

November 20, 2013

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 Can Improve Health

November 12, 2013

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.

Learn about GRFs at the AASHE 2013 Conference

September 30, 2013

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.

Webinar on Advanced Strategies for GRFs

September 25, 2013

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.