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By Ashka Naik, Director of Capacity Building, Second Nature
(This article appears in the January, 2011 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

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Two years ago Second Nature undertook an extensive research project to understand the needs and challenges faced by the U.S. higher education institutions that were disenfranchised from the mainstream “Green Building” movement for a myriad of reasons.  This inquiry, funded by the The Kresge Foundation, offered an in-depth look into the unique demographic, physical and economic as well as knowledge-based hurdles confronted by these institutions while pursuing sustainable building practices on their campuses.

The result was a 2-year strategic outreach and education program, “Advancing Green Building in Higher Education,” which was developed in 2008 by Second Nature and funded by The Kresge Foundation to assist under-served colleges and universities in their green building efforts.  Second Nature proposed to use six activities, such as the Kresge Fellowship Program and the Green Building 101 Technical Assistance Grants Program, as vehicles for delivering these actions in an effective and timely manner.  These activities provided a strategic path for influencing green building at under-resourced institutions because they: 1) focused on the places of highest leverage for advancing green building at academic institutions, including university leadership and the building industry, and 2) provided needed technical and institutional resources while also growing financial support for high leverage initiatives.

As 2010 came to an end, so did the first phase of Second Nature’s Advancing Green Building in Higher Education Initiative.  Our team at Second Nature celebrates a successful completion of this extraordinary capacity-building program, and invites you to take a look at the highlights and success stories of this 2-year journey towards building a sustainable future for all higher education institutions!

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By Vanessa Santos, Advancing Green Building Intern, Second Nature

When the economy takes a turn for the worse, all organizations, especially those within the education sector, suffer. However, under-resourced and minority-serving colleges and universities are stepping up to prove that ambition, useful information and timely opportunities can overcome the financial concerns that are often associated with pursuing a sustainability agenda on campus.

Second Nature’s Kresge Fellowship Program – as part of its Advancing Green Building Initiative –awarded 40 fellowships total in 2009 and 2010 to senior-level executives at under-resourced colleges and universities. With these fellowships, the 40 executives attended a green building conference where they were able to network with each other and professionals in their field as well as to learn more about sustainability and green building on college and university campuses.

 

Second Nature's Ashka Naik with the 2010 Kresge Fellows at this year's AASHE Summit

In the last two years, these fellows and their institutions have already taken significant steps to bring sustainability to their campuses, despite being especially strapped for resources. A large reason for this action is the learning and networking experience these fellows gained through attending a national green building conference and through their participation in the Fellowship Program.

In his descriptive report update, 2009 fellow Tim Johnston from Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) discusses the development of the college’s new Agriculture Center. Thanks to the information he gained at the 2009 Greenbuild Conference on the American Recovery and Reinvestments Act, NTCC applied for an energy grant and was awarded $750,000 in energy stimulus money. The grant is allowing them to install an 85 kilowatt photovoltaic system with a 2.4 kilowatt wind generator, which would qualify the building for LEED platinum certification!

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Advancing Green Building in Higher Education

While attending the 2010 Greenbuild Conference in Chicago, IL, Second Nature’s Ashka Naik brought together the eleven 2010 Kresge Fellows who attended this year’s GreenBuild thanks to the funding they received through their fellowships. The group shared their experiences as campus sustainability champions over a meal and had the opportunity to discuss their challenges with content experts in the field of green building. Read more on the Campus Green Builder blog.

Second Nature Kresge Fellows at 2010 Greenbuild

More information about the Advancing Green Building in Higher Education Kresge Fellowship Program.
More information about the Campus Green Builder web portal.

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By Ashka Naik, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Second Nature

(This article appears in the August, 2010 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

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Within the Advancing Green Building in Higher Education Program, a capacity-building initiative funded by The Kresge Foundation, Second Nature has been building the sustainability capacity of many under-resourced institutions for the past two years.  As Second Nature continues to work on this initiative, we thought of taking this opportunity to share with you some of the highlights and success stories of this program.

This initiative has a two-fold mission. The first one is to level the playing field and offer access to all under-resourced higher education institutions to embrace institutional sustainability.  And, another long-term mission is to assist these institutions in committing to climate neutrality by enabling them to sign and implement the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).  Second Nature is directly working with more than 50 under-resourced institutions through this initiative.

One capacity-building activity that is already proving its success is the Kresge Fellowship Program.  This program helps institution leaders network, learn and bring sustainability expertise and knowledge back to their respective campuses.  Many Kresge Fellows are championing sustainability at their institutions and generating campus-wide movements that often steer the administration toward higher goals of institutional sustainability.  Two such champions from the 2009 cohort of Kresge Fellows are Curt Maynard from the United Tribes Technical College and Ron Brooks from the Tennessee State University.

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by Ashka Naik, Program Manager, Advancing Green Building in Higher Education, Second Nature

Ashka Naik - Second NatureEarlier this month, I traveled to Nashville, TN, where I attended the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF) Member University Professional Institute, “2010 HBCUs* and Beyond.” Felicia Davis, Director of UNCF‘s Facilities and Infrastructure Enhancement program invited me to join her at this event.

We had a two-fold mission in attending this meeting, one part of which was to make new connections. Public HBCUs (around 50 member schools of TMCF) often remain severely under-represented in Second Nature’s programs; only 9 of these 50 institutions are ACUPCC signatories. Therefore, we wanted to seize the opportunity to engage this group of higher education institutions and share details about our activities. With the help of two enthusiastic attendees, I made the acquaintance of several interesting individuals. Renford Brevett, Director of Title III Programs at Lincoln University, introduced me to more than 20 leaders including presidents, provosts, deans, CFOs, and faculty members. Felicia Davis and I also presented at one of the panels, “Building Green at HBCUs,” during which we discussed the challenges HBCUs face while building green and how Second Nature’s capacity-building programs could help them overcome these barriers.

The other part of our two-fold mission was to spread the word about UNCF’s Building Green Learning Institutes.

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