Pro Bono Consulting Opportunity

The Pro Bono Consulting opportunity was first announced in Fall 2020, as a new Solutions Center initiative.  Provided and sponsored by Second Nature partners Brailsford & Dunlavey and Coho Climate Advisors (formerly CustomerFirst Renewables). Through this service, 16 campuses have received technical and advisory support worth up to $10,000 each to help with climate action planning and procurement of renewable power. 

Pro Bono Consulting Round III to Open November 21, 2022

Who is eligible: Colleges and universities that are active signatories to one of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments and/or are members of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) are eligible to apply for pro bono technical assistance. Up to nine campuses will receive pro bono consulting services valued up to $20,000.  

What are the consulting opportunities?

Brailsford & Dunlavey will provide advisory services to support:

Climate Action Planning:  Recipient campuses will receive support in developing or updating a baseline greenhouse gas inventory and the drafting of a climate action roadmap, which includes an executive presentation to your campus leadership. This is a great option for campuses that are just getting started with climate action work.

New! Scope Deep Dive or CAP Update: Recipient campuses will have an opportunity for a deep technical analysis of Scope 1 & 2 or 3 emissions, or the option to revise an existing climate action plan, in addition to an executive presentation to your campus leadership. This is a great option for campuses that already have a plan, but would like to evolve specific aspects of this work.

Coho Climate Advisors (formerly CustomerFirst Renewables) is offering consulting service opportunities on: 

Shifting to Renewable Power:  Recipient campuses will receive advisory services to support a transition to renewable power. The pro bono assistance will assess the institutions’ energy situation, identify renewable energy solutions, and recommend next steps for implementing one or more of the solutions.

Water Resiliency Strategy: Recipient campuses will receive a Water Diagnostic designed to: 1) uncover campus water risks and challenges, and 2) identify solutions that minimize water risks, combat growing water/sewer costs, and enhance resiliency. The campus will receive an executive report that includes a set of recommended actions and their associated costs and benefits, related to the water resiliency topics of interest.

Eligible campuses may apply for all three advisory services but can only be awarded one of the services.

How many campuses will receive consulting services?

Up to three campuses for each service may be awarded pro bono consulting. Up to nine campuses may receive pro bono consulting for round III of the program.

How do I Apply?

Please refer to the Round III FAQs and application guidance and questions.

Once ready to apply, complete the online application(s)

Application for Climate Action Planning Consulting Services

Application for Shifting to Renewable Power and/or Water Resiliency Strategies Consulting Services

Previous Pro Bono Consulting Recipients

Climate Action Planning Shifting to Renewable Power
Carleton College (MN) Davidson College (NC)
Lewis & Clark College (OR) Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
State University of New York: SUNY Cortland (NY) and University at Albany (NY) Miami University (OH)
The University of Arizona (AZ) Northern Arizona University (AZ)
The University of the South (TN) The College of New Jersey (NJ)
University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC) University of California, Riverside (CA)
University of South Florida (FL) University of Maryland, Baltimore (MD)
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (WI)  

Round I Press Release

Round II Press Release

Recipient Testimonials

“Congratulations to all of the winning institutions! In conjunction with Brailsford & Dunlavey and CustomerFirst Renewables, we are happy to be able to provide this pro bono opportunity to the colleges and universities in our network, in support of your continued climate action efforts.
– Tim Carter, President, Second Nature

Questions? Please Contact: [email protected].

SUNY Cortland to receive climate action consulting
Published Date: April 20, 2021
Source: SUNY Cortland News

USF advances action on climate planning with new grant funding
Published Date: March 29, 2021
Source: USF College of Marine Science News

TCNJ wins funding for sustainability initiative
Published Date: March 23, 2021
Source: The College of New Jersey

Pro bono consulting opportunity looks to make USF campuses environmentally friendly
Published Date: March 30, 2021
Source: The Oracle