Solutions Center

The Solutions Center identifies carbon and energy reducing activities to support campus climate action goals. The objective of the Solutions Center is to help campuses review more quickly the solutions available and to help build a presentation for decision makers to be able to assess and prioritize decisions faster in order to accelerate climate action. 

SolutionCategoryGHG ImpactEconomic ImpactFeasibilityTimelineMaintenancePublicity
Carbon Offsets Carbon OffsetsLargeSmall Net CostDoable< 1 yearLow / NoneThat's cool
Carbon Pricing Carbon PricingEnormousSmall Net CostDoable1-2 yearsLow / NoneWow!
Green Labs Energy Demand, Energy EfficiencyLargeNet SavingsSome Challenges1-2 yearsModerateThat's really cool
Ground Source Heating and Cooling Alternative Supply Systems, Energy SupplyEnormousNet SavingsA Big Lift10 years +ModerateThat's really cool
Heat Trading Energy Supply, Heat TradingEnormousNet SavingsA Big Lift5-10 yearsLow / NoneThat's really cool
High-performance Building Standards Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency, High-performance BuildingsLargeNeutralDifficult2-5 yearsLow / NoneWow!
Public, Private, Partnerships (P3s) Business Practices, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Sustainability Funding StrategiesEnormousLarge Net SavingsA Big Lift2-5 yearsModerateWow!
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) Energy Supply, Renewable Energy CreditsEnormousSmall Net CostDoable< 1 yearLow / NoneThat's cool
Smart Infrastructure Business PracticesModerateNet SavingsVery Achievable1-2 yearsModerateThat's cool
Solar Photovoltaics Energy Supply, On-site Renewable EnergyLowNeutralSome Challenges1-2 yearsLow / NoneThat's really cool
Utility-Scale Wind & Solar Energy Supply, Off-site Renewable EnergyEnormousLarge Net SavingsDifficult1-2 yearsLow / NoneWow!
Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) (Coming Soon) Business Practices, Energy Service Companies (ESCOs)ModerateNet SavingsDoable1-2 yearsHighThat's interesting
Equipment Practices (Coming Soon) Equipment Practices, Grounds ManagementMinisculeNeutralSome Challenges1-2 yearsModerateUnder the radar
Small Scale Wind (Coming Soon) Alternative Supply Systems, Energy SupplyMinisculeSmall Net CostSome Challenges< 1 yearModerateThat's really cool
Thermal Energy Storage (Coming Soon)LowNeutralDifficult2-5 yearsModerateThat's interesting
Utility Rebate Programs (Coming Soon) Business Practices, Utility Rebate ProgramsMinisculeSmall Net CostVery Achievable< 1 yearModerateUnder the radar
Biogas (Seeking Expert) Alternative Fuels, Energy SupplyLargeNeutralDifficult2-5 yearsLow / NoneThat's cool
Building Envelope (Seeking Expert) Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency, High-performance BuildingsModerateNeutralDifficult2-5 yearsLow / NoneThat's interesting
Electrical Energy Storage (Seeking Expert) Alternative Supply Systems, Energy SupplyLowSmall Net CostDifficult1-2 yearsLow / NoneThat's really cool
HVAC (Seeking Expert) Energy Demand, Energy EfficiencyLargeNet SavingsSome Challenges1-2 yearsModerateThat's interesting

Second Nature would like to thank these campus professionals for their contributions to the Solutions Center.

The Solutions Center is a partnership with Second Nature, CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR), and Brailsford & Dunlavey.

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