Webinars

Upcoming Webinars:

Expanding Access to Renewable Energy – Customizing for Higher Education
March 22, 2017 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET | Register
American colleges and universities are well-suited to utilize renewable energy, but many renewable energy projects are larger than needed by most campuses, and often require commitments of 15-20 years. Multi-institution collaborations have proven to be complicated and difficult to replicate. As a result, many interested institutions have yet to participate in larger renewable energy initiatives. This webinar will focus on a power purchase agreement (PPA) that specifically addresses these barriers. Altenex, an Edison Energy Company and a supporter of Second Nature, has developed an innovative, new PPA structure called PowerBloks™. PowerBloks allow colleges and universities to benefit from the favorable economics of large-scale projects in increments of 10 megawatts (MW) for contracts of just ten years in duration – smaller and shorter PPAs than have previously been available. For higher educations institutions only.

Reducing campus emissions and energy bills through software-based HVAC optimization
April 19, 2017 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET | Register
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.

Achieving Climate Action Goals by Leveraging Data Analytics 
May 2, 2017 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET | Register
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.

Archived Webinars:

Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership

March 14, 2017

As campuses pursue carbon neutrality, incorporating large-scale renewable energy can be a powerful tool for reaching ambitious climate action goals. In this webinar, presented in partnership with CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR), speakers will discuss the opportunities and challenges of large-scale renewables and aggregation, and provide guidance on how to successfully pursue these opportunities. Speakers will also provide peer case studies and tools, as discussed in a new joint white paper from CFR and Second Nature. Attendees will walk away with information and inspiration to explore their campus renewable energy options.

How to Develop a Carbon Credit Project for your College or University

December 6, 2016

Your school can take advantage of carbon markets to generate revenue as you work to reduce your carbon footprint. This webinar will help you understand the steps involved in developing a carbon-credit-funding opportunity through the Voluntary Carbon Market; including the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) protocols for the third-party validation and verification. You will learn about data requirements, costs, timelines, and how the credit transactions can fit into your carbon neutral funding strategies. Presented in partnership with Ball State University and SCS Global Services.

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Community Resilience Building: Getting on the right path early and often

October 27, 2016

The need to build community resilience to hazards is strikingly evident. As a response to this ever increasing need, Community Resilience Building was created. The CRB Workshops employ a community-driven process where participants identify top hazards, current challenges, strengths, and priority actions to improve resilience to all natural and climate-related hazards today, and in the future for their communities and beyond. This webinar, brought to you in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, will help you better understand the process and assess the applicability to your own communities goals.

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Peer Reviewed and Innovative Carbon Offsets

October 18, 2016

Second Nature, with the help of signatory institutions, recently updated their carbon offsets guidance– a resource that helps campuses understand how offsets can play a role in meeting their climate goals. The updated guidance discusses the role of peer reviewed and innovative carbon offsets. This webinar will review these two new categories of offsets and introduce a new offset verification network that will work to develop an overarching peer review framework for higher education offset projects.

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