Webinars

Upcoming Webinars:

FutureU: Making Choices Today to Ensure Success Tomorrow

Tue, Jul 18, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Hastily constructed buildings. We’ve all been in them. Built quickly during eras of historical growth, no one could ever get a handle on their clunky radiators or leaky windows. And now, 50 years later, we’re saying, “Why didn’t they think about how this was going to work down the road?”

This webinar is designed for facilities directors, energy managers, sustainability directors, and finance officers at colleges and universities to help get a handle on complex decision-making processes regarding major efficiency upgrades and new construction projects on campuses. We’ll help you think through who your stakeholders are and what questions you should be asking, and help you develop a lexicon for developing consensus among your colleagues around broader goals. Register.

Archived Webinars:

Advancing a Community Resilience Building Workshop: Eastern Connecticut State University and Windham, CT

June 6, 2017

In March of 2017, Eastern Connecticut State University hosted a Community Resilience Building Workshop in partnership with the Town of Windham, Second Nature, and the Nature Conservancy. Presenters will discuss the insights and outcomes gained through the partnership and how the Community Resilience Building Workshop framework can be applied to additional campus-community resilience assessments.

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Solutions and Resources for University Renewable Energy Procurement

May 18, 2017

Second Nature partnered with the Rocky Mountain Institute to provide signatories of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments with complimentary access to the Business Renewables Center (BRC) in order to streamline and facilitate renewable energy procurement. By becoming members in the BRC, signatories will greatly benefit from existing technical resources and can explore additional solutions with the BRC at their discretion. In this webinar representatives from Second Nature and the BRC give participants a behind-the-scenes look at the tools and resources available through this partnership. Presenters will also walk participants through the process of joining and answers questions.

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Achieving Climate Action Goals by Leveraging Data Analytics

May 2, 2017

Want to spend more time fixing issues and less time looking for them? Auditing HVAC systems for energy issues has the potential to be extremely time consuming, but data analytics can help  teams increase their productivity and decrease their energy costs in parallel. In this webinar, hosted in partnership with BuildPulse, participants will learn how to leverage data to set, measure, and achieve goals proactively with both aspects in mind. Presenters will also share campus case studies illustrating the benefits and challenges on incorporating analytics, include examples from University of New Hampshire and Gonzaga University.

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Reducing campus emissions and energy bills through software-based HVAC optimization

April 19, 2017

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) are a big portion of campus energy budgets and carbon emissions. But the combination of aging equipment and ever-tightening budgets means campus facilities departments have to do more with less, resulting in inefficiencies that can get worse over time. Automated closed-loop control of campus HVAC systems can help cut energy costs, reduce carbon emissions, and improve operations in a sustained way. In this webinar, hosted in partnership with Optimum Energy, presenters will cover the basics of HVAC Optimization, how software-based optimization can you reach your climate action goals, and examples from higher education campuses including University of Texas Austin, Columbia University.

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