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Green Revolving Funds: Recent Trends and Notes from the Field

Thursday, January 17, 2013
1:00-2:15 pm (EST)

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 1:00 - 2:15 pm (EST), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) hosted a webinar on "Green Revolving Funds: Recent Trends and Notes from the Field." Facing steep budget cuts and rising energy costs, many colleges and universities are grappling with how to finance urgently needed energy efficiency upgrades on campus when operating and capital funds are scarce. This webinar explored innovative approaches, such as using return-oriented green revolving funds (GRFs) - a financing mechanism that colleges, universities, and nonprofits have increasingly adopted as a means to fund sustainability initiatives inside their buildings and operations. These initiatives reduce energy and resource use, resulting in significant financial and environmental benefits. While GRFs are increasing on college and university campuses across the county, the concept can also be adapted for other public and private sector organizations.

This webinar examined the key findings and trends of the second annual Greening the Bottom Line report based on data from 79 active GRFs at 76 institutions and published in partnership with GPP and more than a dozen other organizations. The webinar also featured presentations on successful GRFs at Middlebury College and the University of Pennsylvania.

Speakers included:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership
  • Mark Orlowski, Founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Emily Flynn, Manager of Special Projects, Sustainable Endowments Institute Presentation
    Presentation (PDF) (11 pp, 892K, About PDF)
  • Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration, Middlebury College
    Presentation (PDF) (5 pp, 248K)
  • Sarah Fisher, Sustainability Strategic Planning Associate, University of Pennsylvania
    Presentation (PDF) (5 pp, 248K)

To request a recording of this webinar, please contact GPP.

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