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Free Webinar - Power Purchase Agreements for Solar at Universities 0 Mark Polakow Free Webinar - Using Power Purchase Agreements for Solar Deployment at Universities Feb 24, 2016 3–4 p.m. EST More than 60 universities have used solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) to deploy more than 100 megawatts of solar PV on campuses around the country. This webinar is intended for university financial planners and other stakeholders who are assessing the financial aspects of deploying solar. The speakers will provide an overview of how universities are using PPAs and key PPA components. In addition, they will discuss the process of using PPAs, why PPAs make sense for campus solar deployment, and the benefits and challenges for universities. Tools and other resources will be shared to help universities interested in using PPAs for campus solar deployment. Speakers: Jenny Heeter, Senior Energy Analyst, NREL Eric O'Shaughnessy, Renewable Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Register now >>
by Mark Polakow
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
NYC Carbon Challenge Leadership Program 0 Mark Polakow (Courtesy of Brian Yeoman) The NYC Carbon Challenge is a voluntary leadership program for universities, hospitals, commercial offices, and multifamily buildings to commit to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent or more over ten years. The Handbook for Universities and Hospitals is a reference manual that aggregates the best practices that participants have used to achieve significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions in their buildings. The handbook caters to universities and hospitals, but it also serves as a tool for any individual who plays a role in elevating conversations and accelerating action on energy efficiency and sustainability within an organization.
by Mark Polakow
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Going Solar? The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Can Help 0 S. Boyle In support of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot initiative, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is offering no-cost technical assistance to universities seeking to go solar. The program is designed to increase the deployment of mid-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at universities, engage stakeholders to develop deployment solutions, and empower decision makers. To learn more about eligibility for NREL’s technical assistance offerings, visit their website here. Applications for the NREL's Solar Screening and Implementation Assistance are due Friday, January 15th!   Click here for the Solar Screening Application   Click here for the Implementation Assistance Application
by S. Boyle
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Penn State: New Earth sustainability certificate teaches literacies key to 0 Mark Polakow From: Penn State News Read Full Article
by Mark Polakow
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
2016 Green Procurement Survey - Now Collecting Responses! 0 Tori Longo Attention Sustainability Experts! NAEP has launched its 8th Annual Green Procurement Survey and is asking for your participation. If you are involved with your Higher Ed institution's green procurement initiative(s), we want to hear from you! Please visit to share your answers. The survey closes April 30, 2016. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. We thank you very much in advance for your invaluable input!
by Tori Longo
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
New Sustainable Campus Index! 0 Mark Polakow Check out AASHE's new sustainable campus index.
by Mark Polakow
Thursday, November 5, 2015
5 Human Impacts on the Environment: Crash Course Ecology #10 0 Mark Polakow Interesting video on environmental conservation.
by Mark Polakow
Friday, September 11, 2015
Who is the Greenest of them All? 0 Brian Yeoman   Higher-education campuses are among the places where awareness of the environment and efforts to conserve energy and resources are the most intense. Hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities have established sustainability offices to monitor and encourage efforts to save energy and water, recycle materials and cut down on waste. In addition, these schools offer thousands of classes to teach students how to carry out activities and live their lives in a more sustainable manner. Several organizations keep track of green efforts at college campuses and compile rankings to measure the progress of these sustainable initiatives and inspire other institutions and individuals to step up their involvement in conserving resources. Sierra Magazine's 2015 Cool Schools list of the greenest U.S. higher-education institutions shines a light on the efforts of 153 campuses. The Top 10 includes four schools in the University of California system; the list is topped, as it was in 2014, by the University of California, Irvine.
by Brian Yeoman
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Colleges and Universities Named Finalists in Climate Leadership Competition 0 Brian Yeoman Colleges and Universities Named Finalists in Climate Leadership Competition FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2015 Contact: Gabriela Boscio, Communications & Education Manager, Second Nature,, 617-722-0036; Ali Peterson, Media & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council, 202-742-3813 Colleges and Universities Named Finalists in Climate Leadership Competition   BOSTON, MA- Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future by working with leadership networks in higher education, today announced the finalists for its sixth annual Climate Leadership Awards. The awards are a national competition among higher education institutions that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a signature program of Second Nature. This year Second Nature is partnering on the awards with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools. Two award winners (one two-year and one four-year institution) will be recognized as part of the 2015 Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program on November 19 in Washington, DC. Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference and expo. “We are impressed every year with the outstanding applications we receive for the Climate Leadership Awards,” said Second Nature’s Education and Partnerships Director, Michele Madia. “The ACUPCC signatories are a committed group of climate leaders, and through Second Nature’s partnership with the Center for Green Schools, their achievements will be broadcast to an even greater audience.” Second Nature received nearly 50 applications from across the country, with only two spots open for winners. Of those applications, the following colleges and universities were selected as the 2015 finalists:  Two-Year Institutions Alamo Colleges, TX Cedar Valley College, TX Central New Mexico Community College, NM College of Lake County, IL SUNY Sullivan, NY SUNY Jefferson Community College, NY Western Technical College, WI Four-Year Institutions Agnes Scott College, GA Appalachian State University, NC California State University, Northridge, CA Furman University, SC Huston-Tillotson University, TX Loyola University Chicago, IL Southern Oregon University, OR The George Washington University, DC University at Buffalo (SUNY), NY University of California, Merced, CA University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN More information about the Climate Leadership Awards is available here. --- About Second Nature Second Nature works to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future through initiating bold commitments, scaling successful actions, and accelerating innovative solutions among leadership networks in higher education. The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a signature program of Second Nature. The ACUPCC is a partnership among approximately 700 colleges and universities in every state and the District of Columbia who have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare students through research and education to solve the challenges of the 21st century. Learn more at: and About The Center for Green Schools The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play.
by Brian Yeoman
Monday, August 10, 2015
Clean Power Plan Final Rules 1 Brian Yeoman Quote: Originally posted by B. Yeoman: Clean Power Plan Final Rules pre COP 21   EPA’s Clean Power Plan puts states in the driver’s seat The Clean Power Plan adopted today by EPA builds on progress already being made by states and businesses, and offers a roadmap for further reductions in power sector carbon emissions. Most importantly, the plan puts states in the driver’s seat to devise innovative strategies to reduce emissions efficiently and cost-effectively. Now it's time for states to work together with businesses and cities to craft the approaches that work best for them. By giving states the time they need to develop sound strategies – as C2ES and others recommended – the plan enables states to better assess long-term solutions, such as market approaches, renewables and energy efficiency. The plan also includes an innovative incentive program to encourage market approaches and near-term investment in renewables and efficiency, helping the U.S. meet its international emissions goals, and laying the foundation for deeper cuts in the long term. The next step is for states, working closely with stakeholders, to devise the strategies that work best for them. C2ES will continue to support these efforts, working with state, city and business leaders to identify cost-effective, commonsense solutions that meet our climate goals while ensuring the affordability and reliability of our power supplies.
by Brian Yeoman
Friday, August 7, 2015

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