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Thursday, June 20 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Towards A Fossil Fuel Free Campus: Leaders from Hampshire College, Amherst College, and Brown University Share Their Bold Plans and Accomplishments

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It's no secret that college and university campuses are heavy energy users with high greenhouse gas emissions (spoiler alert – it's the buildings). The urgency of the climate crisis and student activism, together with rising operating costs have driven many colleges and universities to adopt institutional climate commitments that require bold actions to reduce or eliminate their carbon impacts in just a few short decades. This will require significant changes to how we heat, cool, and power our buildings.

Join a discussion of the programs, projects, and plans they are putting in place to achieve their planned reductions. They'll talk through their explorations of net zero energy, decarbonization, carbon-free electricity, fossil-fuel-free, and more, to show how similar carbon reduction goals can be achieved by wildly differing strategies and by institutions of varying sizes and means. Along the way, they'll share the easy wins and tough calls that went into their latest initiatives (such as on-site solar, off-site solar, fuel switching, and electrification).

• Understand how different colleges and universities approach "decarbonization" or "carbon neutrality"
• Articulate options for renewable and carbon-free electricity supply
• Evaluate options for carbon-free heating systems
• Identify strategies for making and keeping bold climate commitments

Speakers
avatar for Todd Holland

Todd Holland

Mechanical Engineer, Tighe & Bond
Todd Holland is a mechanical engineer and specialist in energy efficiency at Tighe & Bond in Westfield, Mass.  Design and project management experience includes solar energy, cogeneration, envelope improvements, air-source heat pumps, controls upgrades, variable speed drives, and... Read More →
avatar for Laura Draucker

Laura Draucker

Director of Sustainability, Amherst College
Laura Draucker is the Director of Sustainability at Amherst College. Laura relocated to Amherst from Washington, D.C., where she had worked as a senior associate and sustainability manager at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global, environmental non-profit think tank. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Jim Brassord

Jim Brassord

Chief of Campus Operations, Amherst College
Jim Brassord is the Chief of Campus Operations at Amherst College. In addition to his Facilitiesresponsibilities, he oversees a number of operational departments including Dining Services, CampusPolice, Environmental Health & Safety, Sustainability, and Real Estate. In his 20 plus... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Stephen Porder

Dr. Stephen Porder

Associate Professor, Assistant Provost For Sustainability, Brown University