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Successful Models for Engaging Students in Campus Greening
(held February 17, 2010)
With environmental sustainability emerging as one of the most critical issues of our time, colleges and universities increasingly are being challenged not only to become models of sustainability but also to provide students with meaningful opportunities to engage in campus greening efforts. In this 1 ½-hour webinar, senior staff from Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), along with a panel of SEI campus and program partners, presented inspiring case studies and examples of California colleges and universities that have successfully leveraged student creativity, energy and involvement in their campus greening programs.
Webinar Moderator: Stephen Miller, Deputy Director, Strategic Energy Innovations
Alliance to Save Energy: This national nonprofit’s highly successful Green Campus Program employs student interns to identify and plan for campus-based energy/water saving projects. Green Campus interns partner with campus staff, faculty and student groups to implement these initiatives. Since the program’s inception in 2004, Green Campus teams have focused their efforts on a mix of educational and technology adoption pilots aimed at improving the efficiency of their school’s facilities while educating campus residents, staff and faculty on cost effective energy and water saving practices.
Presenter: Renee Lafrenz, Green Campus Program Manager, Alliance to Save Energy
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San Francisco State University: In 2007, San Francisco State University staff and students partnered with SEI to design and launch a “Green Apartment” demonstration of sustainable living for the campus. Through this effort, students partnered with staff to envision and implement a green space on campus to spotlight energy efficient, sustainable products, services and daily practices. This sustainable showcase helped to spotlight the breadth of campus greening efforts already underway while providing a model for continued student engagement in sustainability initiatives.
Presenter: Caitlin Steele, Sustainability Coordinator, San Francisco State University
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California Lutheran University: Through California Lutheran University’s participation in the Southern California Edison Campus Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofit (CHEER) program, Cal Lutheran students were trained and managed to conduct energy efficiency audits and perform basic lighting upgrades within more than 20 dining and residential buildings on campus. The students compiled the results of their efficiency audits and presented to operations staff their findings and specific recommendations for improving the efficiency of campus buildings.
Presenter: Mark Jacobsen, Director of Facilities Management, California Lutheran University
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Preparing Students for Green Careers
through Campus Programs and Community Internships
(held March 12, 2010)
With the green revolution gaining momentum, an urgent need exists to train a new generation of green professionals to ensure that emerging businesses focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy and green-building activities help to stimulate growth in and stabilize underserved and economically-stressed communities. In this 1 ½-hour webinar, senior staff from Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), along with SEI campus and industry partners, engaged in a provocative discussion on successful approaches to providing students with green career “on-ramps” and how these approaches can serve as replicable models for green workforce development.
Webinar Moderator: Sandy Wallenstein, Education Program Director, Strategic Energy Innovations
Dominican University of California: Dominican is in its second year of offering a 15-unit Sustainability Practices Certificate Program run out of their Professional and Continuing Education Department. This program is unique in that it provides students with a university-accredited umbrella program that taps into the highly talented base of local educational, research and job shadowing opportunities offered throughout the Bay Area. This structure provides a cost-effective and collaborative mechanism for people with diverse interests to move into a green career.
Presenter: Sandy Baker, Director, Professional and Continuing Education, Dominican University of California
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Skyline College and College of Marin: In partnership with SEI, Skyline College and College of Marin recently piloted a solar energy installer training and certification program. This series of classes provides an outlet for students and incumbent workers to enter and/or move up in the rapidly growing solar field. This program was uniquely designed with a built-in career pipeline and strong industry and community partnerships in order to forge robust pathways to green jobs. In the Bay Area Clean Energy Careers Collaborative (BAYCEC), a regional industry-education partnership of community colleges, Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs), non-profit organizations and employers are creating clean energy career pathways in energy efficiency, environmental control technology and solar energy technology that include instruction in high schools, vocational training centers and community colleges.
Presenter: Anjana Richards, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Technology and
BAYCEC Coordinator, Skyline College
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California State University, Stanislaus: Given the growing demand for energy efficiency, green collar and renewable energy professionals who possess strong analytical skills, science content knowledge and knowledge of current energy, land, air and water resource policies as well as environmental policies and legislation, California State University, Stanislaus is embarking on the development of a new green program concentration within its Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. The purpose of the new program is to offer multidisciplinary coursework at the graduate level to prepare professionals for careers in the emerging green industries.
Presenter: Roger McNeil, Dean, College of Natural Sciences
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Greening of the Curriculum through
Service-Learning and Project-based Learning
(held April 14, 2010)
As colleges and universities move forward with integrating sustainability into the curriculum, they increasingly are making use of service-learning and project-based learning as key components of the coursework. In this 1 ½-hour webinar, senior staff from Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), along with SEI campus and community partners, will provide enlightening yet practical case study examples of how service-learning and project-based learning are being incorporated into curriculum that is focused on sustainable concepts and related practices. Panelists also will discuss the benefits that community partners, students and faculty have to gain from these service-learning and project-based learning experiences and how the models provided during this webinar can be implemented at other campuses.
Webinar Moderator: Morgan King, Program Manager, Strategic Energy Innovations
Humboldt State University: In association with SEI, Humboldt State University’s Service-Learning Center recently formed a partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program to connect students, faculty and community members through green workforce development and service-learning opportunities. Green Campus student interns provide training and oversight to service-learning volunteers conducting energy audits and weatherization services on behalf of low-income and senior households in the community. Through collaboration with Humboldt State’s Career Center, the Service-Learning Center hosts the annual career expo, highlighting "green employers and community partners" and future employment opportunities for our students. Additionally, the Career Center hosts the "Future of Your Professions" speaker series, which exposes students to areas of employment that improve the environmental quality of their communities.
Presenters: Annie Bolick-Floss, Director, Humboldt State University Career Center and Service-Learning Programs, and Jyl Barnett, Community Partner Liaison, Humboldt State University
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Stanford University: Stanford University will highlight programs from the campus in which students are receiving academic credit for improving environmental quality and increasing awareness of sustainability or climate change both within and outside the United States.
Presenter: Karin Cotterman, Associate Director for Engaged Scholarship, Haas Center for Public Service,
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California State University, Chico: Konkow Honors House 2 at California State University, Chico has been transformed into the Sustainability House, a living and learning laboratory for students interested in environmental issues and sustainable practices. Over the past three years, the facility has incorporated high efficiency lighting and appliances, composting and recycling systems, eco-friendly cleaning products, real-time energy metering, a library and much more. The Sustainability House continues to serve as a live-in educational center by offering student-organized speaker series and ongoing workshops in sustainable living for the campus and greater Chico community.
Presenter: Mark Stemen, Professor of Geography and Planning, California State University, Chico
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