Archived Webinars:

Second Nature Climate Services for Campus Goals

May 2, 2019

Watch this webinar to learn first hand from Second Nature staff about our range of climate services to assist campus sustainability teams in reaching climate action goals. We also introduce SN “Office Hours” to sign up for one-on-one help with our staff. Understand and know how to utilize the diverse climate action services Second Nature provides to its signatory schools. Hear from Steve “Gen-X Hipster” Muzzy on the updated Climate Action Plan (CAP) form. Learn about a toolbox of resources and templates Second Nature offers for reaching Resilience Commitments covered by Ruby Woodside. Finally, Second Nature Energy Fellow, Will  Elmore, covers resources and steps towards aggregated LSRE procurement.

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

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 George Washington University, Washington & Lee University, and CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR), a trusted energy advisor to leading colleges and universities, this webinar equipped CFOs and administrative leaders with what they need to know about large-scale RE procurement. It helped campus leaders 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 were Steve McAllister, Treasurer and Vice President for Finance and Administration, Washington & Lee University, Meghan Chapple , Director of the George Washington University’s Office of Sustainability and is the Senior Advisor on University Sustainability Initiatives and Gary Farha, President and CEO, CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR), and the moderator was 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


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.  

Bringing Higher Efficiency to Higher Education

April 3, 2019

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

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Delivering Campus Upgrades and Carbon Reduction through Efficiency Service Agreements

Enthusiasm for sustainability and carbon reduction runs high at colleges and universities, but so do the apparent financial barriers to implementing campus-wide energy efficiency upgrades. This webinar explored how Wells College worked with Metrus Energy to launch a project that will deliver significant energy savings and a more comfortable living and learning environment—with no upfront cost to the college.

The webinar featured Robert Cree, VP and CFO at Wells College; Bob Hinkle, president of Metrus Energy; and Eric Howard, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Second Nature.

Located in in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Wells College recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and, in preparation for the next 150 years, sought to make improvements that would reduce its energy needs while upgrading key systems in its residential buildings and academic spaces.

To help achieve its vision, Wells entered into a $2.2 million Efficiency Services Agreement (ESA) project with Metrus. 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. 

The webinar focused on similar projects valued at $2 million to $10 million. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

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

Click here to view the archived copy of the webinar

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.  



Financing Energy Projects in Higher Education

January 18, 2019

This webinar from the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Solution Center explores the current landscape for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the higher education sector featuring speakers from Chesapeake College, Michigan State University, and the University of Virginia. Additionally, representatives from the Department of Energy share a recently released higher education energy financing primer.

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