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Green Revolving Funds

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Hillsboro Sets Up Revolving Fund for Efficiency Projects Implementation Model

The City of Hillsboro (OR), which plans to reduce municipal facility energy use by 60% by 2030, overcame inconsistent access to capital for efficiency projects by setting up a Sustainability Revolving Fund that has achieved an estimated $24,000 in annual cost savings.

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Pittsburgh Finances Projects with Green Initiatives Trust Fund Implementation Model

Pittsburgh, PA established a Green Initiatives Trust Fund to set aside funds for energy conservation projects and utilizes the savings to fund future projects.

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King County's Financing Tool to Reduce Energy Demand Implementation Model

King County created the Fund to Reduce Energy Demand (FRED), a financing tool where the county budget office issues bonds and provides loans to county divisions for equipment upgrades to reduce energy use, and resulting utility bill savings are then used to pay back the bonds, resulting in a neutral or positive cash flow.

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adidas Group: Portfolio Approach to Internal Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Implementation Model

adidas created the greenENERGY Fund to facilitate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; the company approved funding for 61 projects, investing $10.8 million and achieving a 29% internal rate of return across the project portfolio.

Internal Financing Guide for Retail Guidance

This guide is intended to help energy managers and finance professionals at retail companies understand internal financing approaches that can be used for energy projects.

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Internal Funding Fact Sheet

Internal funding refers to the use of an organization’s existing financial resources to pay for energy efficiency projects, rather than seeking external financing.

Made to Fit: How Paid-From-Savings Projects Can Work for Small Organizations, Too Video

Large organizations are no strangers to the paid-from-savings retrofit model marketed by major ESCos, but increasingly, small organizations are searching for technical and financial support in pursuing these projects.

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Billion Dollar Green Challenge Other

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge encourages colleges, universities, and other nonprofit institutions to invest a combined total of $1 billion in self‐managed green revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvement. Helpful tools include an Implementation Guide case studies, white papers, and sample documents, and implementation strategies for campus Green Revolving Funds.

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Presentation: Green Revolving Funds and Dedicated Capital Pools Presentation

Better Buildings Challenge partners Cleveland Clinic and Ascension Health, along with JDM Associates, presented at CleanMed 2017 on best practices in financing sustainability in the healthcare sector. For context, check out the Beat Blog post

Cleveland Clinic: Establishing Green Revolving Funds in Healthcare Case Study

Cleveland Clinic established an unprecedented $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund to strengthen its commitment to energy efficiency. The fund stands out as one of the largest annual commitments in any U.S. business sector and as the largest for healthcare.

Revolving Loan Funds in Commercial Real Estate Guidance

This document is intended for commercial real estate organizations that are interested in learning about revolving loan funds for energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.

Revolving Funds for Sustainability Projects at Airports Report

While written with a focus on airports, this report offers detailed information on planning and launching a green revolving fund, answers frequently asked questions, and includes case studies that are applicable to universities, local governments, healthcare institutions, and a range of other sectors. It is a co-publication of Rocky Mountain Institute, Cadmus Group, Sustainable Endowments Institute, and Frasca & Associates.