Looking Back at the Initiative Worth Celebrating!

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As 2010 comes to an end, so does the first phase of Second Nature's Advancing Green Building in Higher Education Initiative! This initiative, which was developed to assist under-served higher education institutions in their sustainability efforts, was funded by The Kresge Foundation in 2008.

While we prepare to celebrate the upcoming holiday season, our team at Second Nature celebrates the completion of this extraordinary capacity-building initiative. And, in this issue of Your Campus Green Builder, we invite you to take a look at the success of this effort!

Highlights of the Initiative:

The Kresge Fellowship Program
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Kresge Fellows Dinner at GreenBuild 2010

  • The Kresge Fellowship Program gave 40 senior leaders from under-resourced institutions the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge to become effective champions of green building at their institutions.
  • 2009 Kresge Fellow Ron Brooks from Tennessee State University helped his institution save over $300,000 in energy savings with the energy efficiency related know-how acquired through the opportunity offered by this program! Watch Ron Brooks discuss the impact of the program on his institution.  
  • As a result of the Kresge Fellowship Program, Tim Johnston, a 2009 Kresge Fellow from Northeast Texas Community College was able to gain the sustainability and green building knowledge, with which he helped his institution win a $750,000 stimulus energy grant. With the help of this funding their campus building will qualify for a LEED Platinum certification!  Read Tim Johnston's full report on the impact of the program on his institution.

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Green Building 101 Program

UNCF-Second Nature Partnership

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    The Panel at COP16
    To promote green building at minority-serving institutions, Second Nature partnered with United Negro College Fund (UNCF)to organize regional learning institutes for networking and information sharing among these institutions.
  • As a result of the successful partnership with UNCF, Second Natureattended the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico where the partners co-hosted a side event. The event highlighted the important role minority-serving institutions are playing in addressing climate change. Read the press release of this session.

Second Nature - USGBC Strategy Paper

Second Nature-USGBC Strategy Paper

Discount Opportunities

  • Within this initiative, Second Nature also partnered with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), BuildingGreen, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bioneers to offer access to educational resources through various discount opportunities.
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2009 Interns

Diversity Internship Program

Campus Green Builder Program

  • CGB-Blue Coda award
    Web Award
    The Campus Green Builder web portal was created in 2009 to level the playing field for all institutions of higher education to gain access to funding and resources for green building.
  • More than 15,000 unique visitors have been able to take advantage of the information and resources shared through this web portal since its inception in November 2009.
  • The Campus Green Builder web portal was recently recognized with an Outstanding Achievement award from the Interactive Media Awards and an Honorable Mention by the Creativity International Awards. Read more about these awards.

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Highlighted Resources:

Environmental Health and Engineering published a white paper called Profiting through Campus Sustainability: Financial Tools and Strategies, which covers the basics of sustainability finance, including life cycle costing and information on rebates, grants, and other incentives available to institutions.

GreenBiz recently released its third annual Green Building Market and Impact Report, which explores in great detail the growth of green buildings, and projects their impacts in the next 20 years.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently published an updated version of its popular EnergyPlus Stimulation Software and OpenStudio Plug-in, which helps engineers and architects design energy-efficient buildings.

The EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is now requesting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions, in terms of tons of pollution produced and diesel emissions exposure.

Thank You!

This initiative would not have been made possible without the generous support and guidance of The Kresge Foundation. We sincerely thank the foundation for enabling Second Nature to undertake this important work!

We would also like to thank Second Nature's  staff and partners for helping the initiative realize its goals of building sustainability capacity of under-resourced higher education institutions and assisting them in implementing green building practices on their campus.

With the continued support of our partners and the higher education community, we look forward to advancing our capacity-building efforts in the years to come!

Advancing Green Building Team, Second Nature

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