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Thursday, October 7 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Carbon Neutrality Claims - Community Conversation

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With the urgency to decarbonize as soon as possible, more claims of meeting carbon neutrality will increase. The Climate Leadership Network has had 10 signatories meet their carbon neutral goals. However, there is a current robust discussion regarding how claims are made and what should be included when sharing the accomplishment. As campuses continue to navigate goal-setting, metric-tracking, and strategy development to decarbonize, it's important that claims of carbon neutrality are transparent both for individual campuses and as a network of campuses. This session will keep the conversation going and will be split into two 45 minutes segments. It will begin with three presentations from sectors outside of higher education that will share how they have approached communicating and supporting carbon reduction goals. The presentations will be followed by 45 minutes of breakout, facilitated discussion focused on three topic areas:
1. Claiming Neutrality – What are scoping, science-based targets, observed reductions, offsetting, and verified considerations or requirements for a carbon neutral claim in higher education?
2. Market Based Instruments – What experiences have campuses had in setting offset policies, conducting procurements, and defining a “quality” offset and RECs.
3. Shared Emissions Obligations – How are Scope 3 emissions unique to higher education and what are appropriate approaches to track, reduce and offset these activities?

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Liz Minne

Global Sustainability Director, Interface
Liz is the Global Sustainability Director at Interface, a flooring company that has been working to eliminate its’ negative impact on the environment since 1994. In her role, Liz directs the Carbon Neutral Floors program, which ensures that all flooring sold by Interface does not... Read More →
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Carolyn Bacchus

Vice President, Client Solutions, Natural Capital Partners
Carolyn Bacchus, Vice President, Client Solutions at Natural Capital Partners, works with organizations to develop and execute their climate and emission reduction goals. She assists companies in navigating the voluntary carbon and renewable energy markets as well as the evolving... Read More →
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Brad Liljequist

McKinstry, Senior Program Manager, Zero Energy + Carbon
Brad Liljequist is the Zero Energy + Carbon Senior Program Manager for McKinstry, where he leads thecompany’s zero energy and carbon efforts nationally. He is managing the zero energy and carbonelements for the Catalyst project and many other zero energy/carbon projects for McKinstry... Read More →

Thursday October 7, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT