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Thursday, February 25 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Solutions Center and Accelerating Climate Action Planning

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This session will review some of the many solutions that are being applied on campuses to reduce climate impacts. The Solutions Center was created to better inform senior campus decision makers about the climate solution options that they could or should be considering based on goals such as economics, publicity impact, feasibility, timeline for implementation, ease of maintenance, and GHG emission reductions.
The discussion will also address the downloadable tool for ranking and prioritizing your climate action projects based on these criteria. The Solutions Center is covered by a Creative Commons license, making the infographics and other information readily available for reuse.  This was done to assist campus energy and sustainability professionals in communicating complex climate solutions to campus leadership and decision makers. 
The Pursuit Panel will also feature a dialogue among campus and industry climate action implementers who are building a peer network to learn from one another, share leadership, and form collaborative solutions on the road to zero.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • Campuses of all types have set aggressive sustainability goals and face barriers to implementing them. In this session, we discussed how a public liberal arts college set their vision and took action to achieve multi-faceted goals. The discussion also addressed technologies, stakeholder engagement, and financing.
  • Two campus case studies were presented: Keene State College in NH and a corporate research campus in NJ that is owned and operated by Siemens. The Siemens campus has a distributed energy microgrid to optimize onsite energy generation and storage, supplemented by grid supplied electricity.

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Eric Howard

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Second Nature
I've been with Second Nature for 2+ years, assisting and directing our relationships with an array of entities that provide climate-related services to campuses.
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Dave Karlsgodt

Director, Brailsford & Dunleavy
Dave Karlsgodt is a director in Brailsford & Dunlavey’s Management Advisory Services practice group, spearheading the development of interactive tool sets and management of data that provide clients the basis for successful outcomes. Dave is also adept at explaining complex topics... Read More →
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Meghan Chapple

Director of the Office of Sustainability, George Washington University
Meghan Chapple serves as the Director of George Washington University's Office of Sustainability and is the Senior Advisor on University Sustainability Initiatives. She has led GW through its comprehensive sustainability strategy process, and has established the university’s reputation... Read More →
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Kate Nelson

Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
In 2008 the Office of Sustainability at UW-Milwaukee was established as one of the first in theUW System, and has been under Kate’s direction since. She is responsible for planning &managing a variety of sustainability initiatives, including, but not limited to; energy conservationstrategies... Read More →
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Chris O'Brien

Director of Business Development, CustomerFirst Renewables
Chris O’Brien is Director, Business Development at CustomerFirst Renewables and a long-time participant in Second Nature Summits and programs. He leads outreach and solution delivery efforts with a focus on the higher education market. He brings more than 20 years of energy, sustainability... Read More →

Thursday February 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST