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About Big Ten and Friends

The Big Ten and Friends Environmental Group began in 2009 as a result of the Big Ten Financial Officers meeting to identify and plan for long-term issues of environmental stewardship.

The first meeting took place in November 2009 in Chicago, IL. Big Ten and Friends institutions came together to discuss energy initiatives and opportunities to work together to solve common challenges. In addition to the (at the time) eleven schools in the Big Ten, University of Notre Dame, University of Chicago, and the University of California schools were also represented.