Monthly Archives: March 2013


Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Summit on April 17 at the University of San Diego

March 26, 2013

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.

World Water Day

March 22, 2013

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.
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