March 2, Workshops

Friday, the ISS hosts four workshops covering climate communications and green building.

Time Workshop
8:30 am – 12:30 pm Let’s Talk Climate — Applied Research and Practical Guidance for Local Climate Engagement
8:30 am – 12:30 pm Demystifying Carbon Neutrality — Charting a Path for Building and Campus Managers
8:30 am – 5:00 pm LEED Green Associate — Exam Prep
Fourth workshop to be announced soon!
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Let’s Talk Climate — Applied Research and Practical Guidance for Local Climate Engagement

Presenters
Dan Barry, director of Path to Positive Communities, ecoAmerica
Sarah Wright, director of Utah Clean Energy
Josh Craft, government & corporate relations manager of Utah Clean Energy

Date/Time: Friday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Shepherd Union Building, Skyroom 404
Meals are available on site, but are not included.

The Let’s Talk Climate workshop will equipped you to communicate effectively on climate change, empowering you to create and deliver compelling messages that engage and motivate a diversity of Americans. Utah Clean Energy and ecoAmerica will provide communication and engagement guidance, including best practices and the latest research and tested messages from ecoAmerica’s “Let’s Talk Climate” and “15 Steps” guides. You will learn about the Utah-based climate leadership initiative, “Path to Positive Utah,” and how this diverse group of Utah leaders from business, local government, higher education, and faith communities are changing how we discuss climate change risks and solutions.

Climate change is no longer marginalized as a special interest of environmental groups – it is becoming a personally relevant public interest for all of us.

Participants can expect to gain knowledge, build skills, and strengthen confidence. The workshop will prepare you to deliver messages that can be heard by your peers, colleagues, the public, policy makers, and a spectrum of others on climate change impacts and solutions.

Let’s start a new conversation in communities across America across on climate — one that is inspiring, focused on solutions, and contributes to greater public support for solutions that benefit individuals and society.

Demystifying Carbon Neutrality Charting a Path for Building and Campus Managers

Presenters
Garth Shaw and Clio Rayner, GSBS Architects
Jacob Cain and Justin Owen, Weber State University’s Sustainability and Energy Office

Date/Time: Friday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Shepherd Union Building, Room TBA
Who should attend: Facility and energy managers for institutions with multiple building or infrastructure assets including universities, school districts, municipalities, businesses and other large institutions.
Meals are available on site, but are not included.

Description

Reducing your carbon footprint may seem simple in concept, but defining your goals, establishing a clear path forward, and financing the change can be overwhelming. In this workshop, presenters will bring clarity to the concept of a carbon / greenhouse gas footprint giving participants strategies for reductions and tools for securing the money needed to effect change.

The first section of the workshop will introduce the concept of greenhouse gasses and their carbon equivalent. We will review terms used in industry and discuss common mandates that guide institutional reductions and incremental achievement. Greenhouse gas inventories will be discussed identifying the different categories of greenhouse gas emissions. Reduction strategies will then be reviewed with a focus on the built environment.

The workshop will continue with a nuts-and-bolts discussion on financing carbon reduction strategies. Weber State University’s highly articulated and successful financing model will be the backbone of this discussion providing a step-by-step road map to implementation.

With knowledge of primary carbon reduction strategies, and a method to finance needed changes, attendees will break into groups and baseline a sample project’s utility usage. Following a discussion of this critically important analysis, each group will receive new utility bills showing the impact of energy reduction measures. The groups will then calculate utility savings against the baseline. The financial and political stability WSU has realized using the same method to finance their improvements will be highlighted.

In the final section of the workshop, WSU’s Lindquist Hall project will be used as a case study to examine how buildings are contributing to the University’s carbon reduction commitment. WSU’s utility and building system standards will also be reviewed to understand their impact on the success of building-related carbon reductions.

LEED Green Associate  Exam Prep

Presenter:
Whitney Ward, Associate Principal, VCBO Architecture

Date/Time: Friday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Shepherd Union Building, Room TBA
Meals are available on site, but are not included.

This all day lecture will provide an introduction to Green Buildings and Communities, and offers overviews of both the US Green Building Council and LEED rating systems. The workshop will also include an in depth exploration of the LEED Credit Areas including;

  • Integrative Process, Location and Transportation, Sustainable Sites (SS)
  • Water Efficiency (WE)
  • Energy & Atmosphere (EA)
  • Materials and Resources (MR)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
  • Innovation in Design and Operations (ID)
  • Regional Priority Credits (RPC’s)

Other topics for the day will include the synergies and future of green building, an overview of LEED v4 for New Building Design and Construction checklist, and preparation for the LEED GA Exam.

The LEED Professional Credential exams for the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty designations are based on LEED v4, with all of the recent updates.

The fourth workshop will be announced soon.

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