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.
The Energy Equation: Approaches to Distributed Energy as a Factor for Your Overall Sustainability Strategy
December 14, 2018
Watch this webinar to learn about Distributed Energy Systems (DES). There are a diverse range of technologies to choose from, and the process of taking new ideas from concept to construction can be unclear. DES is an ideal element in a University’s total plan for sustainability and carbon reduction, while offering resilience and control over power consumption. Second Nature, Siemens Building Technologies, and Arizona State University have come together to discuss an applied methodology on how to transform campus energy management through onsite generation: meeting sustainability goals, while controlling energy use and cost. We discuss how to align a distributed energy project to the central mission of a University, taking advantage of the ability to bring together research, curriculum, finance and facilities management to meet the needs of multiple stakeholder groups.
The US Climate Resilience Toolkit and Higher Education
December 7, 2018
View this first webinar to learn how campuses can use the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, its adaptation planning framework, and Second Nature resources to support local resilience planning. Speakers will introduce the Steps to Resilience from the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, and discuss how this complements the framework for implementing the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. Participants will also learn about the Climate Explorer, which offers downscaled climate information by county within the 48 contiguous states, and how they can use this tool to support their own resilience planning processes.
Resilience Planning: Finances, Funding, and Practice
December 7, 2018
View this webinar to learn about financial considerations campuses can include while planning for increased resilience. Participants will learn how to evaluate their school’s physical risk due to climate change, as well as the risks posed by the rapid transition to a low-carbon economy, and the opportunities presented by a changing climate.