Renewable Energy on Institutional Property Webinar Series

Registration is Open for All Eight Sessions 

Government and institutional facility managers are being tasked with alternative energy reduction mandates for environmental, security and financial reasons.

SSF’s free webinar series centers on successful case studies and guidance for designing and implementing renewable energy technology and energy efficiency programs on military bases, national parks, government buildings, college campuses, medical complexes, prisons and other institutional property to meet government and institutional energy utilization program goals.

Webinars 1 through 7 of the Renewable Energy Webinar on Federal Renewable Energy Mandates is now up. Go to the Archives page to view these informative videos! Registration is free! Sign up now!

September 18th 1:15 to 3:45 PM ET-  Webinar #8 – Developing the RFP:  Energy efficiency and renewable energy contracting is a new art for many government and institutional entities. Whether a direct purchase or in a third-party owned and operated public private partnership, procuring these highly valuable cost reduction systems requires new ways to navigate legal, regulatory and functional challenges. Our panel of contract and finance experts from federal and state agencies, finance organizations and higher education discuss their RFP process to provide insight into what has worked well and provisions to avoid.

Scott Provinse, Director of Government Programs for SunEdison, will moderate the session. Scott has actively negotiated all of SunEdison’s DOE/NREL PPAs, DOL PPAs, Navy and Air Force PPAs, as well as SunEdison’s GSA efforts, including its 1.1MW PV Plant at the Denver Federal Center. Scott is currently working with the Navy, Air Force and Army, among others, on innovative programs to provide cost effective solar energy to federal clients. Scott speaks regularly on renewable energy and the federal market.

The panel includes:

John Riley is the Associate Vice President for University Business Services and is responsible for facilitating instruction, research, and community support through procurement, material management, environmental health and safety, auxiliary business services, business systems applications, and risk and readiness management. John leads the University’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations.

Harry Clark is Chair of Orrick’s International Trade & Compliance Group. He advises major companies and industry associations on a variety of international trade and investment rules. Mr. Clark has deep experience in areas such as CFIUS/Exon-Florio examinations of foreign investment, military and “dual use” export control regulations (ITAR/EAR), economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department (OFAC), customs regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering rules, anti-boycott requirements and defense industrial security requirements.


September 23rd - 1:15 pm to 2:15 PM EDT  - Connecting Oceans and Cities: Rethinking a Crucial Relationship to Drive Innovative and Sustainable Urban Development. 

What would it mean to live in cities designed to foster connectedness to the ocean? In this webinar on September 23rd, SSF explores the vital relationship between healthy ocean environments and the coastal communities that depend on marine-based resources.  Modern society is dependent upon ocean resources in more ways than people realize – from oil and gas extraction and wind energy, to global fisheries production, to medicinal compounds derived from sea creatures. As coastal cities begin planning for climate change and rising sea levels, renowned author and architecture professor Timothy Beatley sees opportunities for rethinking the relationship between urban development and the ocean.

In this 60 minute discussion, University of Delaware author and marine affairs expert, Richard Burroughs, will explore with Beatley the connections between urban design, resource extraction, and educating urbanites about the wonders of oceans – and the impacts that emerging, coastal-focused practices can advance economies, social cohesion, and public health.

Timothy Beatley work focuses on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. Beatley believes that sustainable and resilient cities represent our best hope for addressing today’s environmental challenges.  Beatley is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books addressing the crucial role of sustainable and resilient cities as our best hope for addressing today’s environmental challenges. In his new book, Blue Urbanism, published by Island Press, he argues that, given all we’ve gained from the sea, city policies, plans, and daily urban life should acknowledge and support a healthy ocean environment. The book offers a comprehensive look at the challenges and great potential for urban areas to integrate ocean health into their policy and planning goals.

Richard Burroughs is Professor of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island, and a visiting Professor at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His work focuses on marine environmental policy formulation and implementation, ecosystem management, marine pollution, and the role of science in public policy.  He has had scholarly articles published in Coastal Management, Maritime Policy and Management, Society and Natural Resources, and The Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, among others. He serves on the Narragansett Bay Commission and the Mystic Seaport International Council.


September 25, 2014 1:15 to 2:30 PM EDT - Transforming Communities Through Urban Architecture: A Conversation with Jaime Lerner

In this 60 minutes session three of the leaders in sustainable communities discuss the principles behind the new urbanism and how government, industry and community leaders can apply them.

Jaime Lerner: Former Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil. Jaime Lerner first became mayor of Curitiba in the early 1970’s (he has been mayor three times). His leadership was crucial to the changes. Curitiba did a number of things, best described here:

  1. Built parks instead of canals to reduce flooding. Also used parks to make the city more liveable.
  2. Pedestrianised the downtown area.
  3. Invented and built the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – a bus system that works like a light rail system but is 10 times cheaper.
  4. Gave people bus tokens in return for waste.
  5. Started a massive recycling scheme – all initiated by children.

Hillary Brown: Hillary Brown, AIA, is founding principal of the firm of New Civic Works, which assists government agencies, universities, and institutional clients in integrating high performance design practices into their building and infrastructure development programs. As former Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Department of Design and Construction, Hillary Brown founded the City’s Office of Sustainable Design to develop and implement green design policy for municipal building projects. In 1999, her office published the nationally recognized City of New York High Performance Building Guidelines. Ms. Brown served on the national Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council and is on the Board of its New York Chapter.

As a CIUS Senior Fellow, Hillary Brown has embarked on a special project to study how municipalities might broaden the definition of sustainable design and construction — from buildings to other components of urban infrastructure

James Russell: Journalist and urban analyst James S. Russell argues that we’ll more quickly slow global warming-and blunt its effects-by retrofitting cities, suburbs, and towns. The Agile City shows that change undertaken at the building and community level can reach carbon-reduction goals rapidly. Adapting buildings (39 percent of greenhouse-gas emission) and communities (slashing the 33 percent of transportation related emissions) offers numerous other benefits that tax gimmicks and massive alternative-energy investments can’t match.