Description/achievement of initiative
The Institute is a Commitment to: (1) provide an integrated set of Enabling Actions in Energy Planning and Policies, and in Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing, targeted to low- and middle-income SEforALL member countries; (2) establish the United States Partnership for SEforALL, a U.S. public- private-partnership to stimulate $200 billion USD in U.S.-based investment in SEforALL projects through 2030; and (3) develop a sanctioned SEforALL technical assistance and human capacity building services center (Project Accelerator Hub) to support the development of investment-grade proposals for low- and middle-income member countries of the SEforALL Initiative.
COMMITMENT IMPLEMENTATION METHODOLOGIES: The Institute’s methodologies are based upon established Service-Learning and Work-Learning-Service pedagogies. The Institute recruits high school students from throughout the United States and abroad for non-accredited Service-Learning programs delivered through a combination of 14-day summer residencies and distance learning services, and recruits high-performing college and university students for accredited one- and/or two- semester (including study-abroad) residential Work-Learning-Service programs. These delivery models will support the implementation of Commitment services including, but not limited to: (a) conducting public outreach and awareness of United Nations SEforALL mission, goals and objectives; (b) providing an integrated set of Enabling Actions in Energy Planning and Policies, and in Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing; (c) establishing the United States Partnership for SEforALL; and (d) developing a sanctioned SEforALL technical assistance and human capacity building services center (Project Accelerator Hub). COMPONENT #1: Service-Learning: Green Earth Corps. Under the Institute’s “Green Earth Corps” Service-Learning program brand, high school students from throughout the United States and abroad will attend 14-day residential terms at the Summer Institute and receive certification to conduct training in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In turn, these students will train their peers with the support of distance-learning services from Institute instructors. Summer Institute graduates and their peers will be designated as SEforALL Junior Ambassadors upon completion of a minimum of 60 hours of community service educating the public on SDGs in the context of the United Nations SEforALL Initiative and the Paris Agreement. Additionally, SEforALL Junior Ambassadors will support the Institute’s Sectoral Commitment, the MicroSolar Distance-Learning Programme (MSDLP), under a sister-school program. COMPONENT #2: (2) Work-Learning-Service: High-performing college and university undergraduate and graduate students will attend college accredited one- and/or two-semester Work-Learning-Service (Work- College) residency programs to: (a) support the delivery of the Institute’s Commitment to Enabling Actions in Energy Planning and Policies, and in Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing; (b) establish the United States Partnership for SEforALL; and (c) develop a sanctioned SEforALL technical assistance and human capacity building services center (Project Accelerator Hub). Up to 50% of SEforALL undergraduate and graduate Fellows of the Institute are required to work a minimum of 5-hours per week in a paid internship to support the preparation of investment- grade proposals for low- and middle-income SEforALL country members who register as clients of the Institute’s Project Accelerator Hub.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Norwich University (Northfield, VT) will host the annual Summer Institute for an enrollment of up to 1,000 students beginning 2017, and will support additional services for the Institute, including: (a) facility development planning; (b) curriculum development; (c) undergraduate and graduate course accreditation; (d) Institute faculty development; (e) distance-learning delivery; and (f) student outreach and enrollment. University services will include direct support for student enrollment on a year-round basis through distance-learning services, thereby allowing the Institute to operate at various locations throughout the United States and abroad in order to fulfill the Institute’s obligations as a United Nations SEforALL Commitment Partner. Under the United States Partnership for Sustainable Energy for All (US Partnership), the Institute will collaborate with Clinton Global Initiative – University (CGI-U) members, member institutions of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and member institutions of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The goal of this collaboration is to establish a distributed Commitment services network based upon a Hub and Spoke model with College Clusters. The Hub and Spoke model, as feasible, will be replicated after and integrated with US Department of Energy (DOE) university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs), an established network of engineering schools throughout the US that trains undergraduate and graduate students for the energy services industry. In the Hub and Spoke model, academic spokes are proposed at host colleges and universities based upon existing academic programs aligned with SEforALL technical assistance and human capacity building Commitment services. Hub and Spoke services are identified for education, finance, technology, planning, data services, research and development. The Institute’s Hub and Spoke model will also be established regionally: (a) an Africa Hub in collaboration with the US-Africa Energy Ministerial in Sub-Sahara Africa; (b) a Latin American Hub in collaboration with the Organization of Latin American Departments of Energy (OLADE) in Quito, Ecuador; and (c) an Asia Hub coordinated through a US-China Partnership. The principal mission of the US Partnership is to: (a) stimulate a USD 200 billion in US-based investment in SEforALL projects through 2030; and (b) to support a concrete road map to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement of jointly providing USD 100 billion annually by 2020 for climate mitigation and adaptation.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
GOVERNANCE: SolarQuest L3C is UN SEforALL Commitment Holder responsible to SEforALL Global Facilitation Team (GFT), and supervises Commitment services. SolarQuest L3C is managed by its Members in compliance with State of Vermont corporate law. The Global Challenge Award, Inc., (GCA) doing-business-as the Renewable Nations Institute, is the commitment operator. GCA is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors in accordance with the Statues of the State of Vermont and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. SolarQuest L3C and GCA will jointly manage the United States Partnership for SEforALL and the Project Accelerator Hub in collaboration with multi-sector affiliates. COORDINATION MECHANISMS: An International Leadership Council (ILC) consisting of current and former government officials from SEforAll member countries, and a Commitment Advisory Board (CAB) consisting of multi-sector stakeholders from SEforALL member countries, will coordinate Commitment activities in alignment with the goals and objectives of the SEforALL Initiative, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement. These coordination mechanisms will support access to key governmental policy makers for targeted delivery of decision support services while insuring transparency through multi-sector stakeholder engagement. The Governance team (SolarQuest L3C and GCA) will consult with SEforALL Global Facilitation Team (GFT), as necessary, to assure effective structural teaming and coordination protocols in compliance with the United Nations fundamental coordination principles of accountability and transparency, and professional standards and ethics. EVALUATING IMPACT: The IAC and CAB shall oversee the evaluation of Institute Commitment services under an iterative assessment process in conformity with Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Principals of Impact Evaluation. The OECD Principles for Evaluation of Development Assistance (1991) will provide the framework for evaluation programming, including but not limited to: (1) design and implementation of evaluations; (2) reporting, dissemination and feedback; and (3) application and follow-up. Impact evaluation will assess how interventions across the full spectrum of Commitment services affect outcomes, whether intended or unintended, and will provide a counterfactual assessment of what outcomes would have been based on current policies and practices in the absence of the intervention(s). Systems of National Accounting (SNA) metrics will be utilized to establish benchmarks for integrated SDGs across spheres of economy, society and environment. Systems Dynamic (SD) Modeling will be utilized to conduct predictive modeling for decision support and assess longitudinal impacts of Commitment services.
SolarQuest L3C, The Global Challenge Award, Inc., Norwich University, ePBs.co, Inc., Oak League Educational Institute, Inc.