The CFR team was on hand at the 2018 Climate Leadership Summit in Tempe earlier this month, as representatives from the nation’s most innovative campuses met, mingled, and swapped stories from the forefront of the climate action movement. As long-term partner to Second Nature, CFR had the opportunity to host two panel discussions on climate leadership and large-scale renewable energy (LSRE) financing and implementation in higher education.
CFR President and CEO Gary Farha moderated a conversation on operationalizing LSRE strategy and building mission-critical buy-in with officials from the University of California, Arizona State University, and Michigan State University. Bob Griffin, VP for Development at CFR, served dual roles as facilitator and panelist in a leadership track forum on framing clean energy as an operational target across institutional sectors.
Since the University of Oklahoma became the first U.S. university to procure renewable energy at scale in 2008, institutions of higher education have been pushing the ball forward on institutional and corporate LSRE procurement – a community of progressive energy end-users that have ultimately enabled over 10,000 MW of new installed renewable energy capacity to date.
“Higher education has always been on the cutting edge of innovation and technology, vision and ambition,” said CFR Director of Business Development Susanne Fratzscher. “Many thanks to Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network for convening, inspiring, and energizing us all to drive new solutions for climate leadership. Higher education clearly has the leverage, power, and capacity to be a catalyst in making 100% renewable energy an achievable vision.”
CFR is honored to be part of Second Nature’s exceptional network of campus climate leaders.