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Numerous platforms and tools exist to help organizations across all sectors track, manage, and share the results of their sustainability practices and operational policies to reduce energy use. However, there is little information examining what users prioritize and what platforms provide them across different sectors. In response, the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) sought to study how various organizations track their energy efficiency projects by conducting a multi-sector survey to assess the benefits and weaknesses of different energy efficiency platforms. This report encourages stakeholders to evaluate their own institution’s needs as well as compare against peers in their own field.
The goal of this introductory implementation guide is to provide practical guidance for designing, implementing, and managing a green revolving fund (GRF) at a college, university, or other institution. The GRF model is widespread in higher education, with at least 79 funds in operation in North America representing over $111 million in committed investment as of late 2012. GRFs have proven their ability to reduce operating costs and environmental impact while promoting education and engaging stakeholders.
As sustainability practices and operational policies to improve building design and decrease the energy consumption of our built environment take root across the country, there is a growing need to better track, manage, and share the results that these projects produce. Numerous platforms and tools exist to help organizations across all sectors accomplish these goals, but there is little information examining what users prioritize and what platforms provide them across different sectors. This report was developed to encourage stakeholders to evaluate their own communities or institution’s needs.