Meet The Challenge at AASHE 2014

October 16, 2014

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge team is excited to participate in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE’s) 2014 conference in Portland, Oregon in less than two weeks!

Will you be at the AASHE Conference later this month? Come see our presentations, stick around for conversations on energy efficiency financing and sustainability in higher education, and get a demo of our new GRITS tool!

Sunday, October 26, 2:30PM—3:30PM PDT
Student Summit: Developing Green Revolving Funds to Reduce Environmental Footprint
This discussion will explore how students have created GRFs on their campuses and the tips and tricks they suggest to other students that are interested in creating such programs. Other topics will include what projects the students created, how they identified and joined forces with other allies on campus, and other benefits of creating a fund, including educational and leadership opportunities.

Monday, October 27, 6:30PM—8:00PM PDT
SEI/Celtic Energy Happy Hour
Join SEI and host Celtic Energy for a few hours of meeting up, sharing stories, and talking shop after a day at the conference. Email to learn more and get invited.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 10:15AM—11:15AM PDT
Plenary: Data to Action—Advancing Sustainability Investment Decisions
Discover how data and metrics play pivotal roles in generating positive sustainability investments through stories of field-tested best practices on two data-driven programs that encourage bold sustainability investments:  STARS 2.0 and GRITS 1.0. STARS, AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, offers a comprehensive profile of key academic and operational sustainability policies/programs. GRITS 1.0, the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s Green Revolving Investment Tracking System, provides streamlined tracking and calculation of project-level energy, financial, and carbon data.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2:00PM—3:00PM PDT 
Tools of the Trade: How Web Apps Can Increase Energy Efficiency Impact
How can the right web tools help you better track and assess energy efficiency and photovoltaic projects? The panel will share first-hand accounts and case studies of working with the Green Revolving Investment Tracking System, the Energy Star Portfolio Manager, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s NREL PVWatts Calculator.