Energy and Sustainability

This track will explore opportunities for collaboration and innovative solutions to make tangible progress toward greenhouse gas emissions reductions on campuses. Sessions will share insights on topics ranging from transportation and energy to cutting edge green building techniques, as well as information about financial opportunities available for funding sustainability related projects aimed at GHG reductions. Participants will also gain a better understanding of how sustainability can improve the lives of students and increase graduation rates.

What Good Looks Like: Living Community Challenge and Campus Master Planning

Monday, October 29, 10:40 AM - 12:00 PM
As high-performance buildings have become the norm, the sustainability conversation has expanded to the community scale. This new age of planning recognizes the depth of challenges we face as long-term stewards of our campuses, incorporating best practices already in use for individual buildings.

The Living Community Challenge (LCC) is a framework for master planning, design, and construction. The LCC acknowledges the longer horizons of campus master plans while providing tools for engagement, reaching a shared vision, and providing an implementation roadmap today.

Learning Objectives
1. Learn of a new era for community building and a new vision for urban design at the campus scale.
2. Discover how CSU Monterey Bay and SF State’s Romberg Tiburon Campus Master Plans incorporate the Living Community Challenge.
3. Explore how responsible master planning must include strategies for net positive energy and water, healthy materials and products, and social justice and equity.
4. Learn where to find resources for engaging campus audiences and developing your own living community plan.

Alicia Daniels Uhlig, Living Community Challenge and Policy Director, International Living Future Institute
Barbara Maloney, Planner and Urban Designer/Principal, Page Southerland Page, Inc.
Claire Maxfield, Director, Atelier Ten
Karina Nielsen, Director, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, San Francisco State
Lacey Raak, Sustainability Director, CSU Monterey Bay

Jill Anthes, Executive Director, Planning and Design, San Francisco State


Net Zero Energy: The Ultimate Goal, at What Cost?

Monday, October 29, 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
The concept of a Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) is becoming more popular and important, with CSU projects striving to reach this new level of performance. Advances in construction technologies, renewable energy systems, and academic research make this goal more attainable. Join us for an in-depth session discussing the realities of what this distinguished status really means to the project team, its effects on budget, schedule and the operation/ maintenance of a building. We will discuss important design milestones and Energy Use Intensity (EUI) targeting required for this goal. Is it worth it? You will be able to decide for yourself.

Learning Objectives
1. Review case studies examining the actual cost drivers and cost premiums that come with the decision to build a project with a Net Zero Energy (ZNE) goal.
2. Learn the critical design milestones and EUI targeting process needed for a successful ZNE building.
3. Explore the contract, policy, and Request for Proposal (RFP) mechanisms used to deliver a successful ZNE project.
4. Explore examples of previous ZNE projects, and explore the effects (as compared to a non-ZNE projects) on project schedule, commissioning, operation and maintenance.

Michael Clemson, Energy Program Manager, CSU Office of the Chancellor
Albert Valdivia, Project Executive, Clark Construction
Susan O'Connell, Principal, AC Martin Partners

Mark Zakhour, Director, Design and Construction, CSU Long Beach


Climate Impacts, Threats, Stressors and You

Tuesday, October 30, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Climate impacts are already affecting campus operations.  These impacts are projected to make routine stressors, threats and hazards more severe.  Preparedness and mitigation of these is essential component of Facilities Management and Emergency Services units to providing an environment conducive to CSU’s mission of educating California’s diverse workforce.

Learning Objectives
1. Understand the types of threats that can interrupt normal campus operations.
2. Understand how climate impact stressors can interfere with campus operations and hazard recovery.
3. Understand the value of hazard mitigation plans and climate adaptation plans to restore/minimize disruption to campus operations.
4. Be able to communicate the value of preparedness for threats and stressors that imperil the campus.

Frank Castro-Wehr, Director, Witt O’Brien’s
Aaron Pfannenstiel, Senior Associate, Placeworks

Regina Frasca, Director of Safety, Risk and Sustainability, CSU San Marcos


Winning the Grant Race: How to Build a Successful Team

Tuesday, October 30, 10:35 AM - 11:35 AM
Did you know that since 2013, the California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative, has offered $3.548 billion in grant funding? Has your campus team joined this money race by applying for these dollars? Like any great athlete preparing for a race, training is essential. Train with the best on how to build a dynamic grant team of facility, affinity group, academic research and sponsored program partners. First steps, historical track records and case studies of winning the marathon medals will be shared. Topics covered will range from Climate Change Research, Water, Agriculture and SB1 Transportation.  

Learning Objectives
1. Identify and engage stakeholders on your campus from across disciplines and departments to form a productive grant team.
2. Gain knowledge of pre-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development.
3. Learn how the Chancellor’s Office assesses the eligibility of appropriate grant opportunities and supports grant development and post-award processes.
4. Follow proven strategies of cultivating and maintaining relationships with affinity groups and multi-campus consortiums.

Hilary Nixon, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Department, San José State
Jeffrey Underwood, Associate Vice President for Research, Cal State LA
Boykin Witherspoon III, Director, Water Resources Institute, CSU Office of the Chancellor

Dennis Elliot, Director, Energy and Sustainability, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Elke Schreiner, Grant Program Coordinator, CSU Office of the Chancellor

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Basic Needs and Student Success

Tuesday, October 30, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Facilities Management is not typically perceived as having a direct impact on student success or basic needs, two primary initiatives of the CSU Office of the Chancellor. In this session, you will learn how to connect the dots between Facilities Management, sustainability, and student success with real campus examples. You will leave with the understanding of how to implement similar programs on your campus and how Facilities Management can directly impact the lives of students in positive ways.

Learning Objectives
1. Learn the benefits of students working in Facilities Management as well as how their experience can prepare them for life after college.
2. Understand how campus sustainability ties directly to student success and retention.
3. Learn how to reduce campus waste while reducing student food insecurity.
4. Understand how students working in facilities benefits campus sustainability.

Ryan Todd, Sustainability Manager, Sacramento State
Kristen Wonder, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, San José State
Miguel Guerrero, Communications Assistant, City of San Francisco

Austin Eriksson, Director of Energy and Sustainability, CSU Northridge