Press Release

Second Nature and GreenerU to Present on Using Data to Advance Campus Sustainability

April 9, 2015

Amherst, MA, April 9, 2015 – Janna Cohen-Rosenthal and Steve Muzzy from Second Nature, and Julian Dautremont-Smith from GreenerU, will be co-facilitating a workshop entitled “Using Data to Advance Campus Sustainability” at Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region Conference. The workshop will be held on April 9th and focuses on challenges related to the collection, management and use of campus sustainability data.

Janna and Steve will share their perspectives on this topic as the administrators of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in utilizing the associated reporting system as well as their experience in working on campus implementation projects. Julian will be offering his thoughts on these issues as one of the creators of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) and as a current member of the STARS Steering Committee. He will also be drawing on experiences with data management from his work at GreenerU, which has included assisting several institutions in the preparation of STARS submissions, often on a short timeline.

“Campus sustainability practitioners struggle with a range of issues related to data such as  deciding what metrics are most important, determining how best to collect that data, and how to present the data in ways that are meaningful to stakeholders,” said Julian. “This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how peers are addressing these issues and make reporting and data management a useful and exciting component of sustainability planning,” added Janna.

The conference, which is being hosted jointly by the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium and the New England Campus Sustainability Forum, will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on April 9-10.

About Second Nature

Since 1993, Second Nature has worked with over 4,000 faculty and administrators at more than 600 colleges and universities to help make the principles of sustainability fundamental to every aspect of higher education. Our successes include advancing Education for Sustainability (EFS) networks at the state, regional, and national levels; and conducting a multi-million dollar, ten-year advocacy and outreach effort that was instrumental in launching the higher education EFS movement.

About GreenerU

Founded in 2009, GreenerU is a leading provider of energy solutions and services to the higher education marketplace. Through its core technical capabilities and its unique, integrated behavioral change management approach, GreenerU helps colleges and universities save energy, update infrastructure, reduce deferred maintenance, and engage stakeholders to help institutions meet their sustainability goals. Using a best-in-class integrated offering approach to serve the specialized needs of its higher education clients, the Company delivers lasting, high-value solutions to a client base with complex challenges and significant needs.