Posts tagged: strategic planning

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Moving a glacier in sixteen parts: lessons from GreenerU’s own strategic plan process (Part II of II)

Strategic plans do a great job of helping organizations gain alignment and focus on common outcomes. But one of the trickiest parts about developing a plan is actually implementing it. Here at GreenerU, we put ourselves to the test. This is Part II of a two-part article.

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Moving a glacier in sixteen parts: lessons from GreenerU’s own strategic plan process (Part I of II)

Strategic plans do a great job of helping organizations gain alignment and focus on common outcomes. But one of the trickiest parts about developing a plan is actually implementing it. Here at GreenerU, we put ourselves to the test. This is Part I of a two-part article.

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System change, not climate change: how K-12 schools are addressing sustainability for a generation of climate activists

Nearly 4 million people participated in worldwide climate strikes last September, in solidarity with 17-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who made the trek to New York City across the Atlantic by boat. It’s no coincidence that teenagers are some of the most engaged climate activists today. How are their schools rising to the challenge?

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Thoreauness: Concord Academy among the first independent schools in the Northeast to develop comprehensive sustainability plan

Concord Academy embraces the practice of common trust: a deep-seated responsibility towards their community and their world, including the built and natural environments. The independent school for grades 9-12 in the home of environmentalists Thoreau and Emerson is developing a plan to tie the town’s history and the founding principles of their community for the betterment of their future.

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Process over product? Why success depends on gaining consensus—a process-driven exercise

Great ideas fail because they lack the strong foundation of diverse perspectives, troubleshooting, and idea testing that only conflict can unearth.

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Top four signs you know it’s time to hire a facilitator

You’ve got all kinds of ideas about making change at your institution. Maybe you’ve had some preliminary planning sessions with key stakeholders in a room and 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.

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The race to zero: how higher education is tackling the challenges of carbon neutrality through building efficiency

Truly serious efforts to get to zero recognize that the obligation starts with lowering demand. Buildings alone use 42% of the nation’s energy. Without tackling excessive building energy use, campuses are only going to glance around the target.

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