Advanced Strategies and Analytics for Campus Green Revolving Funds


AASHE October Webinar: Advanced Strategies and Analytics for Campus Green Revolving Funds Wed. Oct 2 at 1pm EST

View the webinar presentations from the Sustainable Endowments Institute (pdf), ICF International (pdf), and the California Institute of Technology (pdf).

As more colleges and universities create green revolving funds on campus to finance urgently needed efficiency projects, they may encounter complex problems related to the technical aspects of running a fund. These may include conducting measurement and verification (M&V) of project savings, designing a fund that maximizes the most important performance metrics, and using fund analytics to track and improve performance over time. This webinar will share concepts and guidance to help both veteran managers as well as those considering the green revolving fund model.

These insights are from research conducted for Green Revolving Funds: A Guide to Implementation & Management, a co-publication of AASHE and the Sustainable Endowments Institute released in August. The guide is an updated and expanded version of an earlier introductory implementation guide, and it includes more detail related to technical topics including project measurement and verification, fund analytics, integrating the fund with campus accounting systems, and obstacles that fund administrators face.

The webinar will include a presentation by the guide’s lead author Joe Indvik, Consultant at ICF International, on how GRF managers weigh the costs and benefits of conducting measurement and verification of project savings. He will also discuss how fund analytics are used to forecast a fund’s future, while providing case examples to illustrate how different payback models affect performance over time. John Onderdonk, Director of Sustainability Programs, and Matt Berbee, Energy Manager, both of the California Institute of Technology, will present Caltech’s green revolving fund, CECIP, and describe how it’s design and planning laid the foundation for the fund’s success. Rob Foley, Senior Research Fellow at SEI, a co-author on the guide, will provide an overview of the Implementation Guide series and the updated content featured in the latest Guide.