In the spring of 2009, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund unveiled a new grantmaking initiative to help small private liberal arts colleges and universities reduce their energy consumption — a move that would both help the environment and help the institutions’ bottom lines. Through a series of conferences, college presidents, finance directors, facilities managers, faculty and students were introduced to strategies and resources that could help institutions lower energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.
Two years later, in June 2011, representatives of these colleges and universities came together to assess progress and share lessons learned. Through their collective conversations, they identified some key challenges to making real progress on energy conservation, and strategies to overcome those challenges.
The attached report captures the lessons shared by representatives of the 34 institutions participating in the 2011 conference.