Meetings & webinars

2015 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit Call for Presentations

June 24-26, 2015
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Conference web site

This Summit offers attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country on ways in which athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans, and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.

Please consider answering the call for presentations and discussions by completing the Call for Presentations form and submitting it to the Summit organizers no later than January 9, 2015.

S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance Webinar Series

In 2014, the S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance delivered a series of free webinars aimed at helping hotels, motels, and restaurants be more sustainable. The recorded webinars provide examples of how other hotels and restaurants in South Carolina are improving their bottom line and customer relations by going green. Each recording is about 30 minutes long.

Energy Efficiency Exchange 2015

August 11-13, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix AZ
For more information, visit http://energy.gov/eere/femp/energy-efficiency-exchange-2015

As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the federal government has a tremendous opportunity and clear responsibility to lead by example, while working to meet federal and agency-specific energy management objectives. Join project implementation specialists and subject matter experts in addressing the challenges and opportunities of energy consumption, sustainability, energy efficiency, and energy security in and across federal agencies.

Energy Efficiency Exchange 2015 will provide International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) continuing education units (CEUs) and help agencies satisfy requirements outlined in:

  • Federal Building Personnel Training Act of 2010
  • Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005
  • Executive Order (E.O.) 13423
  • Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
  • E.O. 13653
  • President’s Performance Contracting Challenge
  • National Defense Authorization Act.

FEMP Launches New Training Search Tool

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) recently launched the FEMP Training Search, a Web tool that lists free training opportunities to help agencies meet Federal energy, water, and sustainability laws and requirements.The new user-centered FEMP Training Search provides additional options to easily find and select training offerings by topic area, topic series, course format and type, and by level of difficulty—introductory (101), intermediate (201), and advanced (301).

Visit the FEMP Training Search to:

  • Take comprehensive courses, which offer continuing education units (CEU)
  • Register for upcoming live webinars and in-person workshops
  • View informative on-demand webinars.

FEMP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and awards IACET CEUs upon the successful completion of eTraining core courses, First Thursday Seminars, and select in-person workshops.

FEMP training courses are designed to foster and maintain a high-performance workforce to construct, operate, and maintain facilities in an energy-efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective manner.

For more information about FEMP Training, read the frequently asked questions. Use the FEMP Training Search to register for live webinars and in-person workshops or to take on-demand courses.

Webinar: The Role of Cities in Advancing Sustainable Consumption

Tue, Dec 2, 2014 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/316022049

The first webinar in a three-part mini-series, “Measuring and Scaling Sustainable Consumption for Cities,” begins with a report on a workshop held in Eugene, Oregon last month. The Role of Cities in Advancing Sustainable Consumption, sponsored by the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network (USDN) and the Sustainable Consumption Research & Action Initiative (SCORAI) brought together city sustainability staff, leading researchers and practitioners, and other policy experts to examine how cities can promote sustainable consumption at the community scale.

The Dec. 2 webinar will provide an overview of the workshop, as well as highlights and personal insights from three workshop participants: Professor Maurie Cohen with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and SCORAI board member; Brenda Nations, Sustainability Coordinator for Iowa City, Iowa and co-lead of the USDN Sustainable Consumption User Group; and Terry Moore, Vice President of ECONorthwest, a consulting firm specializing in economic analysis and public policy. Babe O’Sullivan, Sustainability Liaison for the City of Eugene and lead organizer of the workshop, will serve as moderator for the webinar.

Webinar: ARPA-E University – Strategic Military Partnerships

Webinar Date: Thursday, November 20, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Register here.

Moderator: Dr. Ryan Umstattd, ARPA-E Senior Commercialization Advisor
Presenters: Tom Stepien, Primus Power, CEO; Ryan Farris, Raytheon DoD/Civil EO Systems Design Section Manager

This webinar will provide an inside look at how one ARPA-E project team, led by Primus Power, formed a strategic partnership with a major defense contractor to demonstrate its innovative energy storage system. Don’t miss the chance to learn more about Primus Power’s innovative EnergyPod and how the company has worked with Raytheon to advance the technology.

Webinar: Merging Technology and Science to Instill a Water Ethic: Innovative Customer Education Strategies for Water Managers

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST
Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/525789850

Water utilities now have a host of tools available to them – ranging from social media to mobile apps – to educate consumers on the need for efficiency. These strategies are becoming more diverse – and more effective – with a greater understanding of how people learn and new ways to monitor and communicate individual water consumption to customers. Innovative technologies and software, combined with principles of behavioral science, are being applied to the water industry for even greater impact in reducing water use and changing customer behavior. This webinar showcases two AWE members who are merging technology and scientific findings to help create smarter water consumers at home and in the classroom. Join us to stay ahead of the curve on innovations in efficiency.

Showcase 1: Lessons for Water Managers from Behavioral Science

The insights gleaned from behavioral science are often contrary to traditional economic theory. For example, giving customers information about how their water use compares to neighbors has a greater impact on reducing water use than purely economic messages that focus on lowering bills. A recent independent report showed that sending WaterSmart Software’s Home Water Reports with social norm comparisons resulted in an average of 4.4%-6.6% savings. This Showcase will demonstrate how WaterSmart partners with communities to apply behavioral science insights and achieve efficiency objectives.

Showcase 2: Educating Efficiency and the Role of STEM

MeterHero puts the power of tracking water and energy data in the hands of the individual. In partnership with the STEMhero program, MeterHero is being used by teachers around the country to help students learn about efficiency. The program focuses on participatory learning, building on research showing that students are more likely to retain learning when they have a hands-on experience. This Showcase will share the STEMhero curriculum that teachers and school districts are using in places like Milwaukee to help instill the lessons of water efficiency in the next generation.