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GreenerU understands that finding the right tools and guidance to make large decisions around campus sustainability can be challenging. As a result, we have designed these campus resources to provide you with tools to approach engineering and behavior change on campus, as well as demonstrate examples of how it has been accomplished.

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Teleconferencing for the planet: wiping out Scope 3 emissions through remote meeting best practices

This article focuses on just one aspect of curbing Scope 3 emissions: business travel. Based on our experience at GreenerU, teleconferencing or remote meetings, when done well, can supplant a great many greenhouse emissions from road or air travel—and save you time and money in the process.

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Tips and tricks: Julia’s tools of the teleconferencing trade

Remote meetings require the help of a slew of supporting players, technologically speaking. To make remote meetings productive for your office, you need to have the right tools available.

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MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain gets a deep energy retrofit

Faced with the prospect of a $2+ million investment in converting their heating system, it would have been easy to justify narrowly defining the project scope in an effort to minimize capital expense. Instead, MSPCA had GreenerU take a holistic look at the medical center’s energy systems and develop a plan that would best serve the facility for the next 50 years.

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Fall is the season of STARS®

STARS reporting is a bit like filing joint taxes in your first year as a newly married homeowner…with a business…and a baby. Sure, you could probably figure it out. But you could also hand it over to someone who knows how to maximize your refund.

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Top four signs it’s time to hire a facilitator

You’ve got all kinds of ideas about making change at your institution. Maybe you’ve even had some preliminary planning sessions with key stakeholders to talk about how to move forward together. Maybe you see the big picture, but no one else is there with you. Or frankly, you just have limited bandwidth. Here’s when you know it’s time to find a facilitator.

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Solving for sustainability: how a leadership exercise became Crowdcoaching

Anyone can initiate, facilitate, and/or participate in Crowdcoaching. This problem-solving approach resonates deeply with our values at GreenerU. Our mission is to help schools tackle climate change and sustainability, and we do so through listening intently, moving the discussion forward, offering new perspectives, and empowering individuals to make thoughtful decisions.

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Finding the light: a case for investments in improved lighting schemes in schools

This essay outlines the importance of getting lighting just right in classrooms, laboratories, sports facilities, and other campus spaces for the best learning outcomes—and the unique opportunity to leverage energy savings to pay for dramatic improvements in the quality of your buildings’ visual environments.

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Not quite seeing the light: Top five lighting mistakes on college campuses

Why are some schools still stick with 20th-century lighting technology? And what are some reasons to move into the 21st? Here are the top five mistakes GreenerU’s Kevin Loiselle sees colleges making in the lighting domain.

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FutureU: Leaving a thoughtful legacy of smart building energy choices

This white paper discusses why we, as individuals and as groups within complex institutional systems, have a propensity to focus on short-term gains at the expense of long-term, energy-efficient solutions. It also suggests ways schools can advance past common stumbling blocks in terms of financing, designing for building efficiency upgrades, and taking advantage of bigger-picture opportunities.

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Dartmouth College: Retrocommissioning and Energy Efficiency

GreenerU manages Dartmouth College’s retrocommissioning / energy efficiency program that has thus far covered 24 of the largest energy-using buildings on campus. We provide Dartmouth a complete turnkey implementation package for all approved measures.

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“What Does It Feel Like To Be In A Meeting That Doesn’t Waste My Time?”

July 20, 2016

Learn how to maximize limited time by turning your meetings into productive avenues for communicating, connecting, and accomplishing real work.

Dallase Scott, Director of Change Management at GreenerU, kicks off this webinar with a theoretical overview of the psychology of leadership and group dynamics and the important role of a facilitator in fostering group consensus. Then, our guests from Columbia University, Jessica Prata, AVP of Environmental Stewardship and Allie Schwartz, Manager of Planning & Outreach for Environmental Stewardship, follow up by sharing their experiences in optimizing their ongoing strategic planning process by following the mechanics of thoughtful and deliberate agenda design and structured facilitated meetings.

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Energy Efficiency and Technology Integration: Meeting energy efficiency needs and IT security standards on your campus

April 6, 2016

Our speakers for this webinar included Monty Combs, Director of Systems & Services at Brown University, and host Kailash Viswanathan, VP of Operations at GreenerU.

From lighting controls to energy monitoring – new technology is being developed to help increase functionality, improve the user experience, and save energy on your campus. These technologies may add value to your energy projects; however, not all of them will pass your IT department’s security test. Listen in to learn about potential barriers and future best practices when integrating new technology on your campus.

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Energy as an Asset, Not an Expense: Undeveloped Investment Opportunities

September 17, 2015

Our speakers for this webinar included Chris Powell, Assistant VP of Energy & Environment at Brown University, and moderator David Adamian, GreenerU President and CEO.

The webinar addresses Brown’s visionary system for financing energy and GreenerU’s involvement in managing building data for the campus.

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Masterful Commissioning: Creating value through stakeholder collaboration

June 8, 2015

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Our speakers for this webinar included Ben Datema, Program Coordinator at GreenerU, and Josey Schwartz, Energy Education & Outreach Analyst at American University.

The webinar addresses the psychology of commissioning, contributed by GreenerU, as well as commissioning best practices as demonstrated by American University.

What is your Communication Strategy? – Tools for Marketing Sustainability Across Campus

February 3, 2015

Our speakers for this webinar included Dallase Scott, GreenerU’s Director of Change Management, and Alex Novak, the Director of Communications for the Sustainability Institute & Physical Plant at Penn State University.

The webinar addresses tools and examples to creating a communication strategy that effectively markets your sustainability efforts on campus.

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Transitioning Towards Effective Resource Management

October 15, 2014

For this webinar recording, we were joined by representatives from Cornell University, University of Vermont, and Skidmore Collgege, Casella Resource Solutions to discuss ways in which they have approached Resource Management on their campuses. This webinar was moderated by a Representative from Casella Resource Solutions.

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Greening Your Lab

September 16, 2014

For this webinar recording, we were joined by representatives from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Harvard University to discuss ways in which they have approached reducing the impact of labs on their campus.

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Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Planting the Seed

July 29, 2014

For this webinar recording, we were joined by representatives from Boston University and Babson College to discuss various ways in which they have worked towards creating a culture of sustainability for incoming and returning students at the start of the academic year.

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