Publications

In coordination with national experts, Second Nature has developed publications and resources to help signatories of implement the Climate Leadership Commitments address many of the interrelated aspects of colleges and universities fulfilling their climate commitments.

Many of the publications posted here, were written prior to the launch of the Climate Leadership Commitments on October 5, 2015. They are, however, still relevant to college and university leaders and practitioners of sustainability as institutions work towards their Commitment goals.

 

 

Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership

February 2017

Higher education is uniquely positioned to both expand and benefit from climate leadership. Many universities and colleges have substantially stepped up their commitments and efforts to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG). However, the ‘climate gap’ toward reaching these commitments is widening, as campuses become more technology and electricity intensive.Large-scale renewable energy (LSRE) provides higher education with an attractive solution to close this gap and show climate leadership, while reducing long-term electricity cost and managing risk.

This white paper, created in partnership with CustomerFirst Renewables, walks through the opportunities and challenges of LSRE projects, how to set them up, and firsts steps.

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Colby College: Developing a Diverse Solar & Carbon Neutrality Strategy

The case study series “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to showcase working financial models for universities and other higher education institutions to invest in solar energy on campus. In this case study, we look at how Colby College uses a variety of strategies including on-campus production, green power purchasing and carbon offsets to tackle their greenhouse gas emissions. Download.

See other resources from this project at www.solarendowment.org/resources.

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Luther College: Third-Party, Supporter-Financed Campus Solar. An Approach and a Partnership that Works.

The case study series “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to showcase working financial models for universities and other higher education institutions to invest in solar energy on campus. In this case study, we look at how Luther College uses donors and supporters to fund their renewable energy campus initiatives. Download.

See other resources from this project at www.solarendowment.org/resources.

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Wake Technical Community College: Public College Foundation Investment in Solar

The case study series “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to showcase working financial models for universities and other higher education institutions to invest in solar energy on campus. In this case study, we look at how Wake Technical Community College uses an institutional foundation to fundraise and support solar projects on campus. Download.

See other resources from this project at www.solarendowment.org/resources.

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Appalachian State University: Supporting Solar Energy through a Student-Financed Renewable Energy Initiative

The case study series “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to showcase working financial models for universities and other higher education institutions to invest in solar energy on campus. In this case study, we look at how Appalachian State University finances energy projects and initiatives through a student-driven group and fees. Download.

See other resources from this project at www.solarendowment.org/resources.

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Universities Can Replace GHG Emissions and Be Paid For Replacing Cooling

Colleges and universities across the U.S. have the potential to play a major role in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and many are unaware of it. Read.

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