Implementation Strategies for Campus Green Revolving Funds

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2013 AASHE Webinar:
Implementation Strategies for Campus Green Revolving Funds
Tuesday, April 23, 2–3pm EST

AASHE was pleased to host this webinar with our partner, the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI). The webinar offers an overview of Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation and Management (co-published by AASHE and SEI) and a road map and tips on starting and managing such funds, with examples from Agnes Scott College and the University of New Hampshire.

Webinar Description
Many colleges and universities have begun to adopt or seriously consider the green revolving (GRF) fund model to help finance urgently needed energy efficiency upgrades on campus. This webinar provides tips and insights to help you successfully design, implement, and manage such a fund. GRFs can help colleges and universities invest in a variety of cost-saving initiatives, resulting in significant financial and environmental benefits.

It is important for schools to craft a thorough plan for researching and implementing a green revolving fund. GRF implementers can face several obstacles, including finding seed capital, making the business case for a revolving model of sustainability financing, and measuring and verifying project savings. A new guide by AASHE and the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) titled Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation and Management provides solutions to these and other problems faced by fund administrators and proponents. The guide contains descriptions of each component of a successful GRF, advice on common obstacles, and a 10-step road map for creating a GRF.

The webinar includes an overview of GRFs and the steps in the guide by lead author Joe Indvik (consultant at ICF International), and case studies by panelists Susan Kidd, director of sustainability at Agnes Scott College, and Matt O'Keefe, campus energy manager at the University of New Hampshire. Kidd and O'Keefe describe the fund implementation process at their own campus, and point to insights from the guide that can help other institutions set up and maintain green revolving funds.

Presenters
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Judy Walton
Chief Publications Officer
AASHE


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Joe Indvik
Consultant
ICF International


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Susan Kidd
Director of Sustainability
Agnes Scott College


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Matt O'Keefe
Campus Energy Manager
University of New Hampshire