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Renewable Power Briefing for CFOs and Administrative Leads in Higher Education

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 George Washington 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, 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 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

Click here to register for the 5/16/19 webinar

Upcoming & Archived Webinars:

Introducing Climate Studies at Minority-Serving Institutions: A Collaborative Effort of AMS & Second Nature

January 23, 2014

This webinar, a partnership of Second Nature and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), aims to promote the importance of basic climate science education at all colleges and universities. Join us for an overview of the opportunities offered by both the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project and the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to minority-serving institutions (MSIs) nationwide.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=yipHGE8dFWA%3Flist%3DPLbtnopuXNFKSHIbTOXreaErKl9B1B35QX

Understanding Climate Impacts: Using Tools and Resources to Prepare Your Campus for a Changing Climate

November 20, 2013

This webinar will address questions such as: What are the current impacts, and the plausible climate impacts in the next few decades to century? What is the National Climate Assessment and how were these scenarios produced? Where can the scenarios be found and how can/should you use them? How do the scenarios specifically relate to Higher Education? Download a pdf version of the slides. 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=IL3A_E5WkOQ%3Flist%3DPLbtnopuXNFKSHIbTOXreaErKl9B1B35QX

Community Colleges as Living Laboratories of Sustainability

August 28, 2013

Second Nature and The SEED Center invite you to join a webinar for community colleges interested in enhancing campus sustainability efforts, and providing hands-on learning opportunities to the campus community, through integration of the “living laboratory” concept. This webinar will also introduce SEED’s newly published resource, Eight Elements to Building a Living Lab, and feature St. Clair County Community College’s successes in campus sustainability as part of both the ACUPCC and SEED networks.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=bdtryU46qQY%3Flist%3DPLbtnopuXNFKSHIbTOXreaErKl9B1B35QX

Smart Adaptation: How Micro Grids Can Aid in Campus Disaster Planning and Energy Management

May 14, 2013

The impacts of climate change on campus operations can no longer be ignored – campuses must ensure their energy and operational systems can survive and thrive in a changing climate. Micro Grid experts agree that power outages from extreme events can be mitigated if the nation’s electrical infrastructure is made “smart.”  This webinar will discuss Energy Reliability and how solutions such as a Micro Grid will lessen the impact of future blackouts.