Pro Bono Consulting Round II

“Second Nature’s pro-bono consulting initiative provided an infusion of expertise I never could have delivered as a one-person Office of Sustainability. CustomerFirst Renewables’ time spent educating and answering questions from our CFO and Director of Facilities built their confidence in approving an ambitious Climate Action Plan that we now know is also achievable. As a direct result of that award, we now have a clear path forward to address our Scope Two emissions, the single largest share of our campus footprint.

Yancey Fouché, MS, ISSP-SA
Director of Sustainability, Davidson College

In Fall 2020, we announced a new Solutions Center initiative – Pro Bono Consulting.  Thanks to the generous support of Second Nature partners, CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR) and Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D), we were able to offer this opportunity (pro bono consulting to support higher education institutions’ campus climate work) to Climate Leadership Network signatories and University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) members.  Due to the success of the inaugural round, we are thrilled to be able to offer a Round II! 


Achieving your climate goals is no easy feat.  Add on top of that, the urgency to do so in this global climate emergency, plus the external pressure on the higher education sector to continue to accelerate your climate efforts.  In our continued effort to support your work, this is one unique way that we can do so in conjunction with CFR and B&D. 

This initiative provides pro bono support to campuses across North America in two areas: 1) Climate Action Planning or 2) Shifting to Renewable Power.       


How to Apply:
√ Your college/university must be a Climate Leadership Network signatory and/or UC3 member to be eligible to apply for this opportunity.  If your institution is not, but you are interested in opportunities like this, please contact Steve Muzzy ([email protected]) about how to join the Climate Leadership Network, or Rachel Valletta ([email protected]) about how to join UC3.
√ Read through both the application instructions (download) and Frequently Asked Questions (download).  We encourage you to also take a look at the inaugural round web page too.  

√ Use the printable Application Questions document (download) to plan out your responses before submitting them in the online application.

√ Complete the online application before the application deadline (Extended to January 14, 2022)!


Updated Timeline:
Wednesday, December 1, 2021:
Pro Bono Round II Announced!
Wednesday, December 8, 2021:
Informational Lunch & Learn (recording)
Friday, January 14, 2022:
Application Deadline
Monday, January 17, 2022: Application Review Begins
Mid-February: Announcement of Awarded Institutions


Note: Members of the Review Committee will be drawn from Second Nature staff, and staff from CustomerFirst Renewables and Brailsford & Dunlavey.


Questions? Please contact Steve Muzzy ([email protected])

Round II Application Instructions PDF

Be sure to read through this downloadable and printable version of the application instructions to ensure you understand all of criteria prior to applying.

Read the Instructions

Round II Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Read through the FAQs to find answers to your questions. Still have questions? Be sure to join us for our Informational Lunch & Learn (see next box).

Read the FAQs

Inaugural Round Testimonials

Read what some of the winning institutions from the Pro Bono Consulting Inaugural Round have said about what this initiative has meant to their campus climate efforts.

Read Now

Application Questions Planning Doc

We strongly encourage you to use this downloadable and printable version of the online application to plan out your responses, prior to submitting them through the online application.

Download Questions Doc

Round II Application

Once you are ready to officially apply, do so through the online form found here!

Apply Here
Check-out the Pro Bono Inaugural Round Web Page (Fall 2020)