Higher Education Services

Our in-depth experience working in the higher education sector uniquely situates us to help colleges and universities identify and implement sustainable solutions that will result in energy and water cost reductions, improved waste management and recycling, higher levels of active transportation to and from campus, more engaged students who are better prepared for the future, and a more resilient campus.

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The Verdis team has been a pleasure to work with. They were able to take a large and complex issue and turn it into a measurable, actionable plan which all parties on campus supported. The final result is a plan that our campus is truly excited about and which will allow us to make demonstrable progress in our sustainability efforts. We couldn’t have done it without them.

Kathy Johnson

Vice President for Finance and Administration, Black Hills State University

Our Higher Education Clients

Over the last several years, we have built great expertise in the higher education sector through working with institutions of varying size and complexity. The logos below represent a sampling of our higher education clients.

Interested in learning more? Click on the following links to learn more about some of our higher ed work and specific services:

Higher Ed Overview Behavior Change Sustainability Engagement Survey Transportation (parking) Demand Management Sustainability Dashboard (Nebraska Medical Center example)

We can help your college or university to become sustainable and resilient in a time of dynamic change.

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Sustainability Master Planning

Many clients come to us because they know they want to improve their sustainability efforts, but don’t know where to start, how to prioritize efforts or how to allocate resources. Our custom, in-depth planning process will get you to a place where your entire campus will feel energized about achievable new goals. We will help you recognize past successes, identify key indicators that work for your campus, identify baselines, set new goals that capture the spirit of your institution, develop realistic and prioritized strategies to meet those goals, and finally deliver a complete Sustainability Master Plan that will guide your campus’s efforts for the next 10-15 years and beyond. Here is our most recent Sustainability Master Plan (courtesy of Black Hills State University).

Climate Resiliency Planning

Forward-looking institutions know that they need to be prepared to weather future climate impacts. Our climate resiliency planning service invites your regional partners to engage in a process to identify climate change risks and vulnerabilities, create a campus/community resilience assessment, and make plans to ensure that your campus and community continue to thrive well into the 21st century.

Active Transportation Planning

Most campuses experience pain points around parking. Creating and implementing a program that increases the percentage of your campus community to use active transportation modes (bus, bike, walk or ride share) can result in enormous cost avoidances by delaying or preventing the construction of new parking infrastructure. And it can also improve student, faculty and staff satisfaction. We have a proven track record of helping our clients achieve measurable results in getting people out of their lonely cars— which happens to have health benefits, too.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

For many institutions, waste reduction and recycling is the highest area of need in their sustainability program. Waste management is much more complex than it may seem, and diverting materials so that they are recycled, re-used or composted comes with a huge set of challenges for any institution. We have helped dozens of clients work through their waste challenges successfully and put them on the path toward achieving their waste reduction goals. We are currently in the midst of designing an overhaul to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s recycling system.