UW Oshkosh gets advice to support its climate action planning goals


The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is one of a prestigious group of six colleges and universities that have received up to $10,000 in pro bono consulting services to help campus climate efforts.

Second Nature, a nongovernmental organization focused on accelerating climate action in and through higher education, announced the award on Wednesday. The other winners were Dallas College, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Northern Arizona University, University of California at Riverside and University of Maryland at Baltimore.

“This pro bono advisory support will help accelerate the work of the University of Wisconsin’s Oshkosh Climate Action Committee and provide additional and invaluable subject matter expertise from an outside perspective,” the Chancellor said. Andrew Leavitt. “This will reinforce the UWO committee’s focus on viable solutions to address each field of emissions (heat, power and travel). It is only part of a much larger plan to move UWO forward towards greater sustainability and climate neutrality.

Schools requested technical and advisory support worth up to $10,000 for climate action planning or switching to renewable energy.

UW Oshkosh is striving to achieve its goal of being climate neutral by 2030.

Climate action planning will support the writing of a plan that outlines a technically and financially feasible roadmap to an equitable, carbon-free future aligned with the institution’s education and research mission. The service is provided by Brailsford & Dunlavey.

Brad Spanbauer, director of campus sustainability, said the consultants’ support will fuel an intensive session of meetings focused on the next steps toward climate neutrality at UWO.

He said he hopes it will provide a framework that will be beneficial to other institutions in the UW system and similarly sized colleges and universities across state boundaries.

“The results should represent the beginnings or main principles of a UWO climate action and resilience plan, broadly conceived, and a wealth of information to help this institution make decisions and seek solutions. solutions for years to come,” Spanbauer said.

The pro bono consulting opportunity was first announced in fall 2020 as a new initiative of the Second Nature Solutions Center. Provided by Second Nature partners Brailsford & Dunlavey (support for climate action planning) and CustomerFirst Renewables (for institutions focused on switching to renewable energy).

Due to the success of the inaugural round and continued support, Second Nature was able to offer another round of pro bono consulting.

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