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Second Nature Webinar: Climate Services for Your Heroic Campus Goals

May 1, 2019 at 2-3pm ET

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Learn first hand from Second Nature staff about our range of climate services to assist your sustainability team as you reach for your climate action goals. Better than one more Marvel movie, this free webinar will provide insightful explanations and tips from our team: a motley crew of climate resource champs humbled by our own awesomeness and here for you. Help us connect with you and with each other to get you the resources and services you need to continue to put your climate action goals to work. We will also introduce SN “Office Hours” to sign up for one-on-one help with our staff. This webinar, we won’t be wearing capes, but you will see our smiling, heroic faces.

Understand and know how to utilize the diverse climate action services Second Nature provides to its signatory schools

Hear from Steve “Carbon Slayer” Muzzy on the updated Climate Action Plan (CAP) form and review the full list of CAPs that have been submitted and are available for signatories upon request.

Learn about and apply a toolbox of resources and templates Second Nature offers for reaching Resilience Commitments aka “Ruby’s Resources” covered by our very own Ruby Woodside

Hailing from Yale and Texas, Will “Yalie Yall” Elmore will cover taking the first steps towards aggregated LSRE procurement– demystify the process and feel empowered to begin at your institution

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5/9/19. Revolutionizing Renewables: Opportunities for Bringing Economics to Sustainable Energy Strategies

April 3, 2019

Webinar:  May 9, 2019 at 2 pm-3 pm US East Coast Time

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Carnegie Mellon University and other campuses have taken similar approaches to fulfilling part of their institutional commitments to building a low-carbon economy.  They are using new types of service contracts to enhance and improve their energy use management, and thus the cost of that energy.

During this one-hour webinar, we will learn how campuses can reduce their costs with integrated energy solutions that optimize usage and demand.  The two campus case studies will demonstrate how to unlock value through commodity risk management to support aggressive sustainability objectives.  Both are using ENGIE’s Formula Forward program, which provides a unique approach to optimizing usage and demand. At both, the energy is coming from renewable energy sources, which is an additional benefit.

As compared to the past, campus decision-makers now have the ability to tailor the right renewable solutions to meet their needs.  Participants in the webinar will learn about campus perspectives on new customer-centric renewable opportunities that bridge the gap between traditional market offerings of renewable energy certificates and complex power purchase agreements.

Webinar participants include Burhan Koc, Director of Sustainability and Renewable Energy Solutions at ENGIE, Jay Bell, Vice President of Sales, at ENGIE Resources, and Eric Howard, the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Second Nature. The presentation will focus on contracts/projects that are valued at $1 million to $50 million.

The Learning objectives include:
** Innovative retail supply structures for renewable energy, renewable risk management, and small-scale renewable development.
** Understanding commodity risk management as a tool for unlocking value – regardless of where you are in your sustainability journey.
** The critical role of usage and demand optimization in achieving program targets.

The target audience for this webinar:
** Procurement and operations staff, energy managers, and sustainability managers

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Additional background information:
** With the proliferation of decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization in energy, there are many ways campuses can to achieve their sustainability goals. This white paper, prepared by ENGIE, describes the five steps in ENGIE’s Formula Forward.

Note: This webinar will be recorded and available on the Second Nature website about one week after the live event.  Those who register for the webinar will be added to Second Nature’s mailing list so that they can be informed about future educational programs.  

5/16/19. Renewable Power Briefing for CFOs and Administrative Leads in Higher Education

April 3, 2019

Webinar:  May 16, 2019 at 9 am-10 am US East Coast Time

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Renewable energy (RE) has moved from an operational target to a strategic imperative on campuses across the country. Still, it takes strong leadership and support from senior leaders to accelerate cost-effective and impactful RE deployment, given the longer-term contractual nature of large-scale RE procurements (e.g. Power Purchase Agreements) and the associated financial commitment. It is hence critical for campus executives to understand the business case of large-scale RE and to determine whether your campus is well-advised to procure RE alone or in aggregation with other likeminded organizations.

Leveraging the experience and expertise of peers from Brown University, Washington & Lee University, and CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR), a trusted energy advisor to leading colleges and universities, this webinar seeks to equip CFOs and administrative leaders with what they need to know about large-scale RE procurement. It will help you understand the business case, benefits and risks, as well as strategies to successfully engage and leverage scale through the collaborative nature and purchasing power generated by aggregation.

Speakers in the program will be Steve McAllister, Treasurer and Vice President for Finance and Administration, Washington & Lee University and Gary Farha, President and CEO, CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR), and the moderator is Eric Howard, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Second Nature.

Learning objectives:
** Understand the business case of large-scale renewables procurement for campuses
** Share important considerations for executive leaders
** Understand risks and risk mitigation strategies
** Share insight on successful renewable energy aggregations to leverage economies of scale

Target audience:
** CFOs, Administrative leads, Facility leads, and Procurement leads

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Note: This webinar will be recorded and available on the Second Nature website about one week after the live event.  Those who register for the webinar will be added to Second Nature’s mailing list so that they can be informed about future educational programs.  

6/13/19. Considerations for Campus CFOs on Energy

April 3, 2019

Webinar:  June 13, 2019 at 2 pm-3 pm US East Coast Time

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Wells College is a small liberal arts college in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Robert Cree, VP and CFO at Wells will be speaking with Bob Hinkle, the President of Metrus Energy, and Eric Howard, the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Second Nature about how Wells has approached and solved some of their energy needs.

Based in a small town and celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018, Wells offers integrated hands-on learning opportunities, a connected community, and diverse educational opportunities. In preparing for the next 150 years, Wells and Metrus recently announced a $2.2 million Efficiency Services Agreement (ESA) project.

The energy project will create a more comfortable living and learning environment in key residential dormitory buildings and academic spaces. The work includes campus lighting, comfort control upgrades, building envelope, steam traps and significant new HVAC controls. These efficiency improvements will result in approximately a 14% reduction in total electricity use on campus and a 28% drop in fossil fuel (propane and fuel oil) consumption. Trane, a global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, will be responsible for the installation and monitoring of the energy efficiency upgrades, and New Resource Bank is the lender on this project.

The Wells College project is $2.2 million, and the discussion will focus on similar projects valued at $2 million to $10 million.

The target audience for this webinar:
** CFO, operations staff, and energy managers

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Note: This webinar will be recorded and available on the Second Nature website about one week after the live event.  Those who register for the webinar will be added to Second Nature’s mailing list so that they can be informed about future educational programs.  

 

 

6/20/19. Large-scale Off-site Power for Higher Education

April 3, 2019

Webinar:  June 20, 2019 at 2 pm-3 pm US East Coast Time

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Swarthmore College and Lafayette College in Pennsylvania each have experience with negotiating agreements for large-scale, off-site power generation, and key decision-makers in the process have agreed to share some of their knowledge and experience with the Second Nature community.

The June webinar will explore some of the financial considerations that were part of their thinking, as these multi-million dollar projects moved from concept to reality.  These agreements may cover 10-100% of a campuses electricity needs, and so the scope of the procurement and the project can be highly variable.

The program will be led by staff from Swarthmore College and CustomerFirst Renewables, and facilitated by Eric Howard, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Second Nature.

The target audience for this webinar:
** CFO, Procurement and operations staff, and energy managers

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Note: This webinar will be recorded and available on the Second Nature website about one week after the live event.  Those who register for the webinar will be added to Second Nature’s mailing list so that they can be informed about future educational programs.