Your clean energy future is now.

Hundreds of organizations, institutions, and businesses across the world have declared carbon neutrality goals. While the most resourced organizations have published action plans, hired or allocated staffing resources, and are self-funding the efforts, most are stuck much earlier on. We developed our Net Zero solution to provide the necessary resources to help organizations, like yours, reach their carbon neutrality goals. Our comprehensive, integrated, and fully-financed solution will establish your organization as a leader in sustainability and bring energy and financial resiliency for years to come.

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Of Americans now believe global warming is happening1


The U.S. Department of Energy’s goal date for grid decarbonization2

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Companies have put in place science-based targets in line with Net Zero3

We’ll help you address the challenges you face.

Our leadership, along with our ecosystem of industry experts, understand the challenges associated with decarbonizing your organization’s infrastructure.

Strained Financial Resourcing

Amidst rising energy costs, supply chain difficulties, and hiring squeezes, your organization is likely looking for any way to reduce overhead costs so you can allocate those resources toward your most innovative initiatives.

Lack of Sustainability Expertise

Experts in decarbonization and sustainability can be hard to find. Without the in-house expertise, you may be looking externally for support and advisement to help you achieve your goals.

Competing Priorities

Your organization’s focus should lie squarely on competing in the modern marketplace. While sustainability may be a key value, it may be difficult to elevate it amongst your already long list of priorities.

What’s in the box?

Nelnet and our ecosystem of partners offer the full scope of services your organization needs to get to net zero emissions. Plus, we’re always exploring new, innovative technologies to integrate into our stack.

Consulting and Carbon Accounting

Energy Efficiency and Retrofitting

Solar Installation

Battery Storage and Microgrids

Fleet Electrification and Charging Infrastructure

Heating and Cooling Systems Decarbonization

Sustainability Literacy Training

Carbon Offsets

Explore decarbonization with our Net Zero as a Service solution.

Let us bring the financing and leverage experts in our Net Zero ecosystem, working with you to create a customized plan to achieve your goals. You make the choices and we manage it all, serving as general contractor. Intrigued?

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Why Net Zero?

Our “Net Zero as a Service” solution is unique in the marketplace. Here’s why.

We partnered with the experts.

Our Net Zero ecosystem is composed of industry-leading partners, each with expertise in a specific area of infrastructure decarbonization. Collectively our partners have developed and deployed decarbonization projects for hundreds of organizations.

We develop your decarbonization plan together.

Together, we analyze your decarbonization efforts to date and your future projects to develop a grounded, achievable carbon neutrality plan for your organization. Through collaboration, we're able to utilize economies of scale and innovative approaches to create a comprehensive, integrated solution to reach your goals.

We bring the financing.

Nelnet has the capacity to finance your decarbonization efforts off your balance sheet. This can help your institution realize near-immediate savings instead of waiting for that lingering breakeven point. Our access to capital markets, economies of scale, and ability to navigate tax efficiencies creates affordability and investment returns you didn’t think were possible.

All in one.

Your organization has one contract, one vendor, and one customer relations contact with Nelnet. We serve as the general contractor and single point of contact throughout the duration of the contract.

We’ll take it from there.

Nelnet and its partners can manage all operations and maintenance of our projects, including measurement and verification that the equipment is achieving its intended outcomes – eliminating the need for additional staffing.

Plus, what’s out of the box?

Nelnet is an innovative, curious company dedicated to finding unconventional solutions to complex problems. You may feel that the barriers your organization is encountering are too difficult to overcome; we are committed to uncovering unique solutions and bringing them to bear.

Our Markets

We customize our approach based on each customer’s needs and circumstances. Below are the industries we are currently serving.

Higher Education

We majored in higher education. Nelnet has been serving higher ed institutions for over 40 years and currently have relationships with over 1,300 higher ed campuses. Whether you have a looming carbon neutrality goal date or are simply looking for a place to get started, we have you covered.

K-12 Institutions

Nelnet currently serves over 11,500 schools with technology, finance, and professional development solutions. We understand the unique needs of independent and public schools and can help you decarbonize your operations simply and effectively so you can get back to educating the next generation.

Catholic Diocese

Nelnet has established deep partnerships with the Catholic Church over the past couple of decades, providing a number of educational and technological solutions to help you meet your mission. We will help your parishes, schools, and offices meet Pope Francis’s call to care for all creation in Laudato Si’.

Our Net Zero Team

Scot Bearss, PMP

Project Leader, Net Zero

Scot Bearss is the Project Leader for Net Zero. Prior to coming to Nelnet, he worked at Yale University for four years, the majority of which was in the sustainability office leading communications and outreach, as well as developing department-specific sustainability action plans. He earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in May of 2022, with over 7,500 hours of project management experience.

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