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The 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit is a significant moment and turning point for Second Nature and the Climate Leadership Network. We’ll reflect on 10 years of bold climate leadership by higher education institutions, and anticipate the future of the Network and the sustainability movement. The 2017 Summit is designed for campus sustainability teams, including specialized content for presidents, faculty, and staff.
Due to the high caliber of both speakers and attendees — sustainability professionals at the forefront of their fields — we emphasize peer-to-peer learning experiences, through workshops, forums, and facilitated networking. No more than 6 concurrent breakout sessions are planned, to maximize audience to speaker ratios yet allow for breadth of topics for discussion.
Renewable Energy: Scaling the Solution to Fit the Financial and Climate Challenges
Chris O’Brien, Altenex, an EDISON ENERGY® Company and American University
Jennifer Andrews, Project Director, University of New Hampshire
Julian Dautremont-Smith, Director of Programs, AASHE
Georges Dyer, Principal, Intentional Endowments Network
Higher ed can achieve significant benefits from renewable energy at scale. A report by Altenex and U of NH shows the growth of renewable energy purchasing in higher ed but suggests that for campuses to achieve their carbon neutrality goals, they will have to move from small, on-site solar projects to large-scale, off-site wind projects. A paper from IEN shows ways campuses can use endowment funds to make financially attractive investments in efficiency and renewables. Finally, AASHE’s Green Gigawatt Partnership, assisted by Altenex, is designed to help the higher ed sector catalyze over a gigawatt of new renewable energy by 2020.