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Keynote and Plenary Presentations

Greening the Supply Chain
Edan Dionne, IBM Corporation; Catherine Reeves, Xerox Corporation; Andrew Essreg, Ernst & Young

Beyond Green Jobs: The Next American Economy
Van Jones, Rebuild the Dream

Modern Climate Change: Where have we been and where are we headed?
Thomas Karl, NOAA National Climatic Data Center

No Impact Man on Climate Communications
Colun Beavan, No Impact Man

Monday Morning Sessions and Workshops

8:40 - 9:20 AM
40-minute presentations:

Conference Track:  The Campus as a Learning  Laboratory
Optimizing Campus Environmental Monitoring: Students, Strategy, and City                        Lilac Room
Shaun O’Rourke and Jim Newman, Boston Architectural College           
The Boston Architectural College (BAC) is undertaking monitoring of several facility and infrastructure upgrades aimed at reaching institutional goals of carbon neutrality and regeneration of natural systems. Monitoring of these projects will both set benchmarks for tracking effects and evaluating success over time. This information will not only be made available to the BAC and wider communities, but also be the basis of student research in several programs at the BAC. This presentation describes the development of institutional support, monitoring and the programs for student use of the data.

Conference Track:  Behavior Change
Inspiring Behavior Change with Competition at Duke University                                   Lavender Room
Casey Roe, Duke University
When compared with larger and more centralized changes to infrastructure, individual behavior change of campus constituents presents a uniquely challenging, but essential, aspect of university sustainability. Duke University’s online sustainability competition—the Green Devil Smackdown, which has a fun and fierce wrestling theme—has resulted in meaningful and measurable progress towards sustainable behaviors among students, faculty and staff on campus. With over 1,000 participants in the current competition, the Smackdown has directly produced positive sustainability outcomes including increased attendance at campus sustainability events, emergence of motivated campus leaders, and demonstrated improvements in knowledge about Duke’s sustainability efforts and resources.

Conference Track:  The Built Environment
Using LEED for Neighborhood Development to Create a Sustainable Campus                 Juniper Room
Jason Hercules, U.S. Green Building Council
Joseph Schilling, Virginia Tech
LEED for Neighborhood Development integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building into the first national rating system for neighborhood planning and design. This session serves as a primer for how to use LEED-ND as a tool for sustainable campus development, including requirements and focus areas of the program, and an in-depth look at successful projects. Join U.S. Green Building Council staff and higher education partners for a discussion about how the LEED-ND framework integrates smart locations, connected and equitable communities, and green buildings to create places where we want to live, work, play, and learn.

Conference Track:  Innovation
Resilience & Sustainability: Recalibrating for a Volatile Future                                        Jasmine Room
Joshua Lasky, University of the District of Columbia
Traditional views of sustainability envision a utopian end state in perfect ecological, social, and economic balance. Not only is this type of Zen-like harmony impossible, but planning for such a future is counterproductive and arguably dangerous. One of the warmest and driest years on record, 2012 brought “Superstorm Sandy,” and its cascading implications for human health and our natural and built environment. As we approach 400 parts per million concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide and a new epoch known as the Anthropocene, we must redefine our notions of sustainability to address (and embrace) conditions of ecological, social, and economic volatility.


8:40 - 10:00 AM
80-minute workshops:

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation
Honing Student Involvement: Structuring Programs For Success                                   Harmony Room
Ashley Pennington, Johns Hopkins University
Stephanie Sims, University of Florida
University of Florida (UF) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) staff will present an overview of student programs with innovative incentive structures and systems to get and keep students involved in campus sustainability efforts. Programs at UF include office internships, the Adopt-a-”Swamp” program, the Sustainability Hut outreach tool, the TailGator Game Day Recycling effort. Programs at JHU include ECO-Reps, Climate Showcase and the Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program (SHIP). This workshop will include time for small break-out groups for participants to consider their program needs and goals, share best practices, and review lessons learned. Participants will take away information that will help develop new programs or refine existing ones on their respective campuses.

Conference Track:  Community Connections
Certified National Student Conservation Leaders for Sustainable Communities                Insight Room
Julian Keniry and Sara Gassman, National Wildlife Federation
Learn how you and your students can benefit from a national student sustainability leadership initiative sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). This initiative is focused on recognizing and supporting students’ efforts to transform the curriculum, campus and wider community for sustainability. The workshop will include a mix of presentations and examples, personal reflection, small group and full group discussion. There will be an opportunity for you to learn how you can help your students phase test, critique, and refine the national student conservation leadership initiative as founding student members.


9:30 - 10:10 AM
40-minute presentations:

Conference Track:  Behavior Change
Don’t Pave Paradise; Don’t Put Up a Parking Lot                                                            Lavender Room
David Browning, El Centro College
Edward DesPlas, Dallas County Community College District
Will students leave their cars at home? Can public transit and public higher education partner to change commuter behavior? In 1997 El Centro College partnered with Dallas Area Rapid Transit to affect student commuting behavior through “DART Free”, a service to bring students to campus using Dallas’ existing bus lines in combination with a new and growing light rail system. “DART Free” overcomes the parking conundrum,  increases enrollment,  provides reliable transportation,  leverages public resources,  reduces traffic,  improves air quality,  gains points on grant applications,  and meets all principles of the “triple bottom line” associated with sustainability.

Conference Track:  The Built Environment
On-site Water Reuse: Greening our Footprint, Maximizing our Cost-Savings                  Juniper Room
Brent Zern, Emory University
Jason Gregory, Georgia Institute of Technology
William Hare, University of District of Columbia
Across the country, water scarcity, pollution and aging infrastructure are causing water and sewer rates to rise. Improved on-site water management is thus needed to meet the triple bottom line. Technological advances now allow integration of wastewater recycling systems into a single building or as part of the dense campus fabric. After an in-depth assessment of their water footprint, institutions like Emory University, Georgia Tech, and the University of D.C., are finding water reuse an environmentally and economically impactful water management tool. Apart from providing LEED credits, these systems offer extensive cost savings, de-risk operations, and deliver a greener campus. 

Conference Track:  Innovation
Culture Clash: Research, Teaching, Art and Electrons at the Strand                                Jasmine Room
Ryan McPherson and Robert Shibley, State University of New York at Buffalo
The UB Solar Strand is part of a commitment to dynamic sustainability. The 750 kWh solar array, designed by artist Walter Hood, is based on a “DNA strand”. The design forms a linear landscape that connects the PV panels with naturally regenerated meadows, tree plantings and wetland areas. We will outline our model of integrative change and focus upon our plans to make the Strand an accessible renewable energy park and a dynamic education outreach center. We will also demonstrate how art, sustainable energy, teaching, research and public access can be integrated to create an inclusive approach to sustainability.

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation
OCCC’s Strategic Planning Approach Cuts Costs, Improves the Learning Environment     Lilac Room
J.B. Messer, Oklahoma City Community College
Mike Presson, Trane
Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) leaders’ strategic planning approach has been critical in combining a significant campus expansion with improved energy efficiency infrastructure, New systems have enabled OCCC to significantly decrease electrical consumption and transform the campus into a high performance learning environment. Since 1999, the campus footprint at OCCC has increased 43 percent. While national electrical utility costs have grown 40 percent, OCCC’s campus electricity consumption has increased only 6.2 percent. Attendees will learn how OCCC uses a strategic planning approach to complete significant campus expansions while implementing more-efficient infrastructure solutions.


10:20 - 11:40 AM
80-minute workshops:

Conference Track:  Community Connections
Creating Strategic Partnerships Between the Campus and Community                            Wisdom Room
Laura Worthington and Mimi Cedrone, The Institute for Sustainable Energy
Campuses are in unique positions to create strategic partnerships that assist in taking sustainable practices beyond the institutional setting. Through structured dialogue among peers, participants will identify partnerships that provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities to engage outside organizations and professionals, enriching a culture of sustainability with community resources. State agencies, legislators, community groups and trade professionals that can open up access to funding, internships and other resources beneficial to a campus will be identified. Additionally, participants will share ways campuses can give back by making use of their resources to provide partners with valuable services and knowledge.

Conference Track:  Behavior Change
Fostering Change through Sustainability Champions                                                        Harmony Room
Emily Dietrich and Trina Innes, University of Alberta
Creating a web of people connected by a common purpose and passion for sustainability is a powerful strategy for building a sustainable campus. Learn about the University of Alberta’s ecoREPs program, which provides faculty and staff the resources, support and access to a community of practice needed to serve as campus sustainability leaders in their workplace. In this session participants will cover lessons learned, obtain hands-on experience in facilitating activities and conversations that help move participants up the ladder to making sustainable change, and gain access to the program’s resources.

Conference Track:  The Campus as a Learning  Laboratory
Co-curricular Water Sustainability Program: Real-World Project Experience for Students Insight Room
Jonathan Lanciani, Sustainable Water
Emily Cumbie-Drake, Emory University
Sabine O’Hara, University of the District of Columbia
The complex challenges of the 21st century require university graduates with real-world problem-solving experience – typically found outside the textbook. Innovative universities like Emory, Howard, and the University of D.C. are facilitating hands-on learning by involving students in co-curricular opportunities on campus. The public-private co-op between these institutions and Sustainable Water exemplifies an effective co-curricular program. This program engages students to work alongside their facilities management team to help perform campus water footprint assessments. Aimed at facilitating knowledge transfer related to sustainable water management, this program provides practical project experience, while helping reinvent the campus as a learning laboratory.


10:40 - 11:20 AM
40-minute presentations:

Conference Track:  Innovation
Pedaling Sustainability: How to Start a Bike Share Program on your Campus                Lavender Room
Danielle Gaglini and Patrick Willoughby, Wellesley College
Launched at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year, Wellesley College’s Bike Share Program has provided community members with an alternative mode of transportation for on and off-campus. Through this process, we have interacted with contractors, created legal documents, invested in a system for check outs and returns, set up a database to monitor users, dealt with theft and criticism, and tried to improve glitches in the program. This initiative can be implemented on any campus, regardless of location or size, so if you would like to start a bike share, come to our session!

Conference Track:  The Built Environment
On-campus Solar: Critical Knowledge to Accomplish More at Less Cost                         Juniper Room
Blaine Collison, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Green Power Partnership
Chris O’Brien, American University
Ben Foster, Optony, Inc.
U.S. higher education and the U.S. solar industry are ideal strategic partners that can create benefits and remove critical barriers by working together. However, confusion in the market is slowing schools’ ability to move forward with solar projects. This session will provide participants with both national and case-study expertise on solar best practices and lessons-learned.  As a result of attending the session, participants will be able to assess their schools’ solar opportunities; make financing determinations and recommendations; capture scale; reduce costs; structure procurements; and address internal barriers.

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation
Institutionalizing Sustainability Metrics                                                                              Jasmine Room
Keri Enright-Kato, Yale University
This presentation will focus on how to capture, disclose and manage sustainability performance metrics. Using Yale University as a case study, participants will learn how to develop and institutionalize sustainability performance metrics that lead to short and long term strategic planning. As Sustainability Offices within higher education become more mainstream, it is essential that a system for measuring the organization’s sustainability success is established. This includes developing appropriate indicators, protocols for accurate collection of data, and  communication strategies for progress over time.

Conference Track:  The Campus as a Learning Laboratory
Campus Sustainability is Hands-on Learning—                                                                        Lilac Room
the UW Model for Integrating Research, Teaching and Operations
Aubrey Batchelor, University of Washington
University of Washington (UW) educates a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens. UW’s three campuses serve as learning laboratories and are leading the way for integrated sustainable education. Through this workshop, attendees will learn how to leverage an institution’s resources to combine environmental conservation and stakeholder engagement in a way that facilitates reduction of the University’s carbon footprint.  We’ll share examples from UW’s student-led Campus Sustainability Fund, curriculum and internships, and other projects. This workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to share best practices and challenges, and thusengage the knowledge and experience of the UW and other participants.

Monday Afternoon Sessions and Workshops

2:00 - 2:40 PM
40-minute presentations:

Conference Track:  The Campus as a Learning  Laboratory
Peer -to-Peer Approaches to Bring Sustainability into the Curriculum                              Juniper Room
Merrilee Harrigan, Alliance to Save Energy
Peer-to-peer teaching methods provide innovative learning opportunities for students. This presentation profiles three such approaches at California State Universities and University of California campuses. These projects are mere snapshots of academic solutions developed by students, for students. Presenters hope audience members can adapt these ideas to their own campus needs.

Conference Track:  Innovation
Sight Unseen to Spotlight: Campus Gardens Grow Sustainability                                    Lavender Room
Kate Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The implementation of food gardens on a dense, urban campus faces many barriers to recognition, acceptance, and authentic engagement by students and leadership alike. These challenges are not unlike the hurdles of any campus sustainability program. UW-Milwaukee, as a large, sometimes disjointed campus, had to address interest, aesthetics, placement, permission, financing, and maintenance in order to begin campus gardening. Several small plots eventually led to coursework and research development, followed byfull campus integration. By intentionally addressing limitations to such gardens, interdisciplinary research, community partnerships, and stakeholder engagement were greatly expanded.

Conference Track:  The Built Environment
Energy Efficiency Solutions: Reduce Costs, Improve Infrastructure, Meet Sustainability Goals Lilac Room
Terry Daly, Maryland Clean Energy Center
Roger Hayden, Towson University
Cherise Seals, Constellation
Through this hands-on workshop, specific sustainable solutions to the challenges college campuses are currently facing will be discussed. Attendees will hear from Towson University and learn how they were able to retrofit campus lighting through an EPC with Constellation, a project that allowed the University to acquire $1.75 million in energy savings.  Attendees will also hear about how the continuing relationship with Constellation has lead to an off-balance sheet approach to funding additional energy efficiency projects.  Towson was able to redirect funds from utility expenses to academic programs, faculty and staff. The session will show how similar energy efficiency projects can be implemented on campuses across the country, improving campus sustainability while also decreasing the utility costs.


2:00 - 3:20 PM
80-minute workshops:

Conference Track:  Innovation
Creating a Model Sustainability Literacy Assessment                                                         Insight Room
Nicole Horvath and Mark Stewart, University of Maryland
Adam Zwickle, Ohio State University
Campus sustainability professionals have called for the development of a model Sustainability Literacy Assessment (SLA) to help institutions participate in STARS and advance their Education for Sustainability initiatives. Researchers from the Ohio State University and the University of Maryland are collaborating to develop such a SLA. Participants  are invited to provide feedback and help craft the SLA during this workshop.

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation
Strategic Renewable Energy Planning on Campus                                                            Harmony Room
Richard Miller, University of Connecticut
Mieko A Ozeki, University of Vermont
This workshop will share lessons learned from two public institutions, University of Connecticut and the University of Vermont, that carried out comprehensive renewable energy feasibility studies and renewable energy plans on their respective campuses. Participants will break up into small groups to brainstorm ideas to implement a renewable energy and microgrid plan, and mindmap how these ideas can be tied to research, co-curricular education activities, green job opportunities, operations, and climate action planning on their respective campuses.


2:50 - 3:30 PM
40-minute presentations:

Conference Track:  Community Connections
Leverage Industry Experience to Boost Clean Energy Courses                                       Jasmine Room
Joel Thomas, Community Energy, Inc.
Sarah Dawson, Franklin & Marshall College
Businesses and universities can work together to create pathways to clean energy careers for students. The clean energy sector seeks graduates with relevant expertise and real world experience complements the knowledge that students acquire in school. Lessons from implemented renewable energy projects can advance students’ clean energy career goals. Franklin & Marshall and Community Energy, Inc. found a way to supply a robust set of online course materials from the solar industry to F&M’s students and faculty by bundling the course materials with F&M’s REC purchase. The same opportunity exists for other universities.

Conference Track:  Behavior Change
Bringing Students and Sustainability Together                                                                    Juniper Room
Clive Pursehouse, University of Washington
As universities and colleges across the country look to augment their sustainability programs and operations, it is paramount that they find ways to engage students at a variety of levels. A student engagement strategy aims to create educational gains within your student population, both in terms of sustainability literacy and illustrating ways students can participate. Further, it is often possible to improve processes and operations so these existing processes further the campus’ sustainability goals. This presentation will look at some of the multiple ways to build student interest and enthusiasm for campus sustainability.

Conference Track:  The Campus as Learning Laboratory
LEED Laboratory: Training Students in the Sustainable Transformation of Existing Buildings Lavender Room
Patricia Andrasik, The Catholic University of America
Jaime Van Mourik, Center for Green Schools at USGBC
Are you constantly scratching your head to figure out how you are going to create a more energy and resource efficient campus with little time and money? Are your students eager to see change on campus, but unsure how they can help in creating a more sustainable environment? Imagine students working alongside you as sustainability consultants where they are leading the efforts as part of their academic experience. Come learn how the LEED Laboratory is transforming the existing built environment by harnessing student enthusiasm and passion, and training these young professionals to facilitate the greening of the daily campus operations.

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation
Greening Public Health at George Washington University: A Case Study                              Lilac Room
Scott Spangenberg and Song Zhang, Afffiliated Engineers, Inc.
Nancy Giammatteo, George Washington University
An owner and design team discuss the process of creating a sustainable benchmark to inform long term campus planning. The George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health and Health Services is constructing a new 144,000 GSF building in downtown Washington, DC to house teaching spaces and offices for the school’s students and faculty. The building is targeting a Platinum rating under the LEED 2009 system and to this end the team has studied and implemented a wide range of state-of-the-art and innovative strategies for energy and water conservation. Those strategies that prove most successful will be included in future construction standards.


3:30 - 4:50 PM
80-minute workshops:

Conference Track:  The Built Environment
Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Campus                                                                Insight Room
Rochelle Owen, Dalhousie University
The consequences of the changing climate have two areas of response: mitigation and adaptation. Adaptation strategies seek to reduce the severity of adverse impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities or infrastructure (Fussel, 2005). Learn about the process created to identify and prioritize adaptation strategies at Dalhousie University. Hear how the plan has been put into action.

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation
CSI Carbon Footprint                                                                                                         Harmony Room
Ryan Corrigan and Michael Mosbacher, 8760 Engineering
Beth Asbury, University of Missouri System
When talking about driving campuses towards lower carbon footprints, the main energy guzzlers are often overlooked. Mechanical systems make up over 80% of the electricity and natural gas utilization on a campus, with campus central plants at the heart of this consumption. Through hands-on, interactive activities, participants will learn how to analyze and identify core avenues of energy usage on their campus. Each participant will be equipped with knowledge and tools that can empower their campus community to take action against core energy consumers and reduce their campus carbon footprint.

Conference Track:  Behavior Change
Exploring the Links between Access, Universal Design and Sustainability                       Wisdom Room
Frederic Fovet, McGill University
Sustainability on post-secondary campuses is still very often construed in operational or environmental terms.  Links between sustainability and institutional culture, equity and diversity are conceptually accepted but rarely tangibly experienced.  This workshop will encourage participants to explore access and universal design principles to discover to what extent they echo themes of sustainability in teaching practices or service provision.  The workshop is fully interactive, progressing through thought provoking group activities (including short video segments).  These scenarios and role-plays will use Access issues and Universal Design solutions, in the post-secondary setting, as triggers to lead the participants towards reflections and formulations about policies and strategy, on their own campus, using explicit references to sustainability.


3:40 - 4:20 PM
40-minute presentations:

Conference Track:  Innovation
Creative Financing for Energy Initiatives                                                                           Jasmine Room
Edward Kirk, Johns Hopkins University
With tightening campus budgets and growing competition for these limited funds, what alternative financing instruments are gaining acceptance? We’ll review several different ways to fund energy reduction projects that may not have been considered or even been available until recently. We’ll review traditional cash and capital funding, and then introduce Performance Contracting, Purchase of Power Agreements,On Bill Financing, Leases, Revolving Funds and Shared Savings Agreements. When they may make sense and what to look out for.

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation
Moving from Waste Measurement to Waste Management                                                 Juniper Room
Michael Gulich and Tamm Hoggatt, Purdue University
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” goes the old Peter Drucker management adage. But if you want to manage your solid waste and recycling program, what should you measure? And what tool(s) should you invest your resources in to track, analyze, and report your data? This presentation will evaluate these questions, and will share lessons learned from various measurement exercises: from ad hoc waste audits, to the data gathered through participation in national competitions (Recyclemania, Game Day Challenge, etc.), to integrated campus-wide data collection and reporting programs.

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation
Unlocking Renewable Energy: Economic and Environmental Value for Higher Education Lavender Room
Blaine Collison, US EPA
Renewable energy offers dramatic and compelling economic and environmental value for colleges and universities.  However, many institutions are encountering barriers in their efforts to capture these benefits.  This interactive session will help schools access that value by identifying best practices, discuss innovative procurement mechanisms,  and share lessons-learned from across the national markets.  Attendees will exit the session with an expanded sense of possibilities and strategic opportunities to help them address barriers and achieve their organizations’ goals.

Conference Track:  The Built Environment
Towson University Case Study: A Campus-wide Lighting Upgrade                                        Lilac Room
Stephen Kolb, Towson University
Towson University has just completed an $8 Million campus wide lighting upgrade that will reduce campus carbon emissions by over 10,000 tons annually. In addition, the university will save over $1 Million per year and reduce total campus electrical energy usage by over 15%. The project entails upgrading or replacing over 34,000 light fixtures and adding close to 9,600 occupancy sensors across 36 occupied buildings of varying types and ages. The presentation will include information about the range of products that were debated and how the final decisions were driven using sustainable practices.

Tuesday Morning Sessions and Workshops

10:10 - 10:50 AM
40-minute presentations:

Conference Track:  The Campus as  Learning Laboratory
Green Campus Challenge – A Multidisciplinary Approach Towards Energy Efficiency     Juniper Room
Ana Cravo, João Fumega and Miguel Carvalho, Instituto Superior Técnico
Knowing that universities are an ideal living laboratory to develop important energy efficiency solutions, the Green Campus Challenge was created to improve energy efficiency on Portuguese university campuses. Thirty teams—composed of students, faculty and technical staff—created energy efficiency plans for their campus buildings. The implementation of the twelve finalists ‘projects could result in energy savings of 1.9 GWh and 1.09 tonnes of avoided CO2 per year. The initiative’s success proved that universities are a perfect arena of research, creativity and innovation to develop measures and policies that contribute towards the promotion of energy efficiency.

Conference Track:  Community Connections
Advancing Sustainability Beyond the Campus                                                                    Jasmine Room
William Leahy, Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University
Campuses have been engaged in a national movement to emulate a more sustainable society by adopting policies and actions. Traditionally, Higher Education has provided the living laboratories for societal change. After 10 years of Green Campus Initiatives, it’s time campus sustainability leaders moved beyond the safe harbor of their institutions and into the chambers of government to help transform communities into a more sustainable society. Learn how to mobilize your academic experts, enlightened administrators and student activists to support advancements in regional sustainable policies through civic engagement, service learning, pre-professional experiences, and strategic alliances.

Conference Track:  Behavior Change
Lights Out!—Changing Energy-Consuming Behaviors in Academic Buildings                      Lilac Room
Jeffrey Severin, University of Kansas
Tim O’Kane, Energy Solutions Professionals, LLC
Lights Out was a 3-month, friendly competition between academic buildings at the University of Kansas. The competition pitted faculty and staff in three buildings against one another in an effort to see who could save the most energy by adopting conservation behaviors. Training was provided prior to and throughout the competition. Resources provided to occupants included an extensive list of energy saving tips, free compact fluorescent lamps, and access to in-person consultations. Weekly results were reported online and via email, which at the end of the competition showed that the buildings combined to save 13.3% of their previous energy use.

Conference Track:  Innovation
APPA Standards Council Report on Infrastructure Innovation                                       Lavender Room
Alan Sactor, University of Maryland
John Bernhards, APPA
APPA has been advocating for innovation in the development of American National Standards (ANS) to increase safety and supports for sustainability efforts. By engaging with suppliers who participate in standards development, and seeking accreditation as an ANS developer, APPA aims to bring the education facilities industry to the table to help determine leading practices. The education facilities industry and university-affiliated medical research and health care delivery systems have a combined annual spend of approximately $250 billion. APPA’s success will not only benefit campus academic,  safety, and sustainability missions,  but also have important consequences for infrastructure development in cities of the future.


10:10 - 11:30 AM
80-minute workshops:

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation
ACUPCC Implementation Liaison Networking Meeting                                                  Harmony Room
Jairo Garcia and Toni Nelson, Second Nature
The ACUPCC Implementation Liaison Networking Meeting is an interactive workshop designed to allow personnel at signatory institutions of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to make connections, share stories, and create a comprehensive learning network across the ACUPCC. The meeting is an opportunity to participate in intensive group discussions with representatives of other ACUPCC signatory schools. Participants will identify opportunities and explore solutions to implementation of the ACUPCC, including reporting challenges, leadership transitions, Climate Action Planning, greenhouse gas inventory completion, and tracking ongoing progress of mitigation and education programs. This meeting is open to Implementation Liaisons and other staff involved in implementation at ACUPCC campuses.

Conference Track:  Innovation
Creating a Bicycle Friendly University Action Plan                                                              Insight Room
Alison Dewey, League of American Bicyclists
Teresa Davis, Pennsylvania State University
Transportation sustainability begins with changing lifestyles and attitudes. Learn how your institution can begin making these changes by working with stakeholders on campus and throughout the community. Various sizes of institutions are represented on the panel of leaders to help guide participants through the creation of a Bicycle Friendly University action plan. Discussion will center around engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation efforts to improve conditions for bicycling on campus. This is an opportunity for your institution to create the most sustainable, healthy, active and vibrant campus for the next generation of American professionals.


11:00 - 11:40 AM
40-minute presentations:

Conference Track:  The Built Environment
Building Energy Metering & Benchmarking: It’s Worth the Energy                                Jasmine Room
Chris O’Brien and Emily Curley, American University
American University has an aggressive energy metering and benchmarking program designed to log all sources of building energy use, compare this performance to similar buildings using Energy Star Portfolio Manager, and implement projects to hit building energy use intensity targets. Learn from AU’s Sustainability and Energy administrators how they gathered the resources to make this investment, how it is paying off in utility and carbon savings, and how it contributes to their efforts to LEED certify 25 existing buildings.

Conference Track:  The Campus as a Learning Laboratory
Campus as a Living Learning Lab at Grand Valley State University                                   Juniper Room
Elena Lioubimtseva, Norman Christopher and Bart Bartels, Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University (GVSU) has been recognized as one of the nation’s most environmentally-responsible colleges by the Princeton Review and ranked 16th in the nation for sustainable practices based on the Green Metric World University Ranking. GVSU faculty, staff and students have embarked upon a journey to transform our university into a dynamic and fully integrated learning community. We are building a truly sustainable university culture that integrates curriculum, research, community, and infrastructure. This session will examine specific examples, such as a sustainable food systems project, LEED-certified buildings management (currently 15), a storm-water management system, and the GLISTEN (Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network) project.

Conference Track:  Innovation
Integrated Water Management at a Rapidly Growing, Drought-prone Campus              Lavender Room
Cindy Shea and Sally Hoyt, UNC Chapel Hill
Following a severe drought in 2002, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill implemented an integrated and comprehensive water management strategy. “Free” resources, such as stormwater, were combined with new sources, such as reclaimed water, and more efficient equipment and business practices. Potable water use has subsequently declined by over 50% per gross square foot, avoiding $15 million in potable water costs. Both the research-intensive University and UNC Hospitals are more resilient to future water shortages which are sure to occur as the Research Triangle region continues to grow rapidly, and a changing climate increases summer temperatures.

Conference Track:  The Built Environment
(Horti)Culture of Learning: How Landscapes Engage, Teach and Conserve                         Lilac Room
Joe Burkhardt, Mahan Rykiel Associates
Karen Petroff, University of Maryland
Shane Carmadella, Ruppert Nurseries
Campus landscapes must embody the intersection of academics, social engagement, and value – incorporating effective design and implementation that is flexible as well as beautiful. With sustainability in mind and budgets stretched further every year, today’s higher education environments must still maximize each of these key roles. This session will explore specific strategies to create campus environments using materials and techniques that minimize budget impacts, conserve natural resources and showcase sustainability by creating outdoor spaces that can also play an active role in student education. Session presenters will share institution, designer and contractor perspectives.

Tuesday Afternoon Sessions and Workshops

1:30 - 2:10 PM
40-minute presentations:

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation
Water Use Sustainability: Improving Landscape and Outdated Irrigation                          Juniper Room
Markus Hogue and Brett Gustafson, The University of Texas at Austin
With droughts affecting higher education campuses across the United States, sustainable water management is becoming a key aspect of conservation. The University of Texas at Austin has implemented a central irrigation system that monitors water usage for the landscape and alerts managers when problems occur. Water usage data from the system allows the university to pinpoint high water use areas and redesign the landscape and irrigation appropriately. The water sustainability effort successfully uses the latest in technologies in order to keep a healthy landscape and conserve water.

Conference Track:  Innovation
The Climate Adaptation Alliance: Advancing Higher Education Leadership for a Changing Climate Lavender Room
David Hales, Anne Waple and Sarah Brylinsky, Second Nature
Addressing climate-related risks and adaptation strategies is both a necessary and strategic priority for institutions of higher education in the 21st century.  Our institutions must be equipped to face increasing change and uncertainty, actively engage in preparing students to solve real-world problems, and organize the education and research needed to create and maintain a sustainable society. Resiliency initiatives are also an opportunity to forge strong, mutually beneficial relationships with the communities upon which campuses depend. This session will discuss the creation of a strategic Alliance for mobilizing institutional resources to prepare for living, teaching, and building in a changing climate.

Conference Track:  Innovation
Harnessing Seawater: An Innovative Thermal Exchange HVAC System                          Jasmine Room
Robert Klinedinst, Harriman
Scott Beatty, Southern Maine Community College
The installation of a uniquely designed seawater heat exchange system in Casco Bay is an example of innovative technology recently implemented during the renovation of the Lighthouse Building at Southern Maine Community College.  Adapted from maritime engineering technologies, the ocean-based technology utilizes a Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) system with geothermal heat pumps that heat and cool the building.  Compared to a conventional oil-fired heating/DX cooling system, this environmentally-friendly technology reduces costs by 33% during the heating season and 27% during the cooling season.

Conference Track:  Behavior Change
Implementing and Measuring Sustainable Practices in Penn’s Campus Offices                     Lilac Room
Andrea Kreiner and Dan Garofalo, University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania implemented its Green Office certification program in March 2012. The success of the program is being tracked and measured in several ways, ranging from traditional “bean counting” approaches to a pilot program aimed at measuring the carbon dioxide reductions resulting from the actions taken by the certified offices. This session will present Penn’s Green Office Program, an analysis of how the program is being implemented by offices, the standard measurement techniques being used, and successes and challenges in trying to measure the carbon dioxide emission reduction resulting from behavior changes in certified offices.


1:30 - 2:50 PM
80-minute workshop:

Conference Track:  Behavior Change
The Power of Narrative: Telling the Story of Sustainability in Higher Education             Harmony Room
Joshua Lasky, University of the District of Columbia
Paul Morgan, West Chester University
Blaine Collison, US Environmental Protection Agency
Inspiring others is an essential skill for sustainability professionals. Compelling colleagues and students to action is only possible by placing our actions, whether at the local or global scale, within the context of a broader narrative. This session is designed to engage participants in a dialogue on how we might change our approach to our work, emphasizing story to make our efforts more effective and add value to our roles as change agents. The presenters take a holistic approach to sustainability which emphasizes individual and organizational learning, as they serve in dual staff and teaching roles at their respective institutions.


2:20 - 3:00 PM
40-minute presentations:

Conference Track:  Behavior Change
Designing and Implementing a Multi-Part Campaign to Promote Sustainable Behavior  Jasmine Room
Megan Zanella-Litke, University of Richmond
Achieving a cultural shift at an institution requires a collective shift at each level of an organization and can often seem overwhelming. In an effort to shift norms on specific behaviors, the sustainability and communications offices at the University of Richmond created the Be ONE campaign to integrate sustainability into the Richmond experience throughout the year. Each month a specific behavior was targeted through events, promotions, marketing, and outreach. Selected focus areas included transportation, water use, food, energy demand, and recycling. The campaign will culminate in April 2013 with a celebration of accomplishment.

Conference Track:  The Campus as a Learning Laboratory
Experiential Learning Lab using LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Juniper Room
Michael Gulich and Eric Yee, Purdue University
John O’Brien, Heapy Engineering
In order to achieve the short-term goal of piloting a LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB:O+M) project on campus, the Office of University Sustainability (OUS) at Purdue University initiated such a project with a novel twist. Rather than simply hiring a consultant to complete the certification documentation, OUS assembled a small group of graduate students to complete the certification; the students would self-organize and self-manage the process with only strategic input from ‘professionals’. LEED-EB:O+M is an ideal tool for experiential learning on a college campus – allowing the students to gain real world experience in full-spectrum sustainability.

Conference Track:  Strategic Implementation             
Campus Planning: Sustainability Supplement to the “Yale Framework for Campus Planning” Lavender Room   
M. Virginia Chapman, Yale University
A sustainable campus calls for an integrated planning framework which embraces the balance between the built environment and conservation of natural resources, protects the natural ecosystem and local watershed while planning for transportation options and human interface. The 2010 Yale Sustainability Strategic Plan called for the creation of a supplement to Yale’s 2000 campus planning document to integrate sustainability into the planning and development of Yale’s built environment. This presentation will describe the process and outcomes of the development of the 2013 Sustainability Supplement and its impact on Yale’s 2013 Sustainability Strategic Plan.

Conference Track:  Behavior Change
Designing an Effective Workplace Sustainability Program: NYU as Case Study                     Lilac Room
Tara Eisenberg, New York University
Engaging staff in measures targeted at cutting resource consumption can produce positive changes to any institution’s triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. The University workplace is no exception. This session will provide an analysis of how a university can leverage environmental education to improve staff development, operational performance, and its environmental footprint by implementing a successful sustainable workplace program. New York University will serve as the case study to measure the effectiveness of the University’s bottom up approach to creating more environmentally friendly workspaces for staff and faculty through its Sustainability Advocate Program.


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