Green Gigawatt Partnership: How to Apply for AASHE's On-Campus Solar Project Support

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Webinar Recording and Presentation Materials are available in the Campus Sustainability Hub.

The Green Gigawatt Partnership is designed to help AASHE members catalyze one gigawatt of renewable generation capacity by 2020. In 2017, this AASHE initiative will offer members support for both on-campus solar projects, as well as larger, offsite renewable energy projects. Learn about the support available for both strategies in this three-webinar series. The first webinar took place on December 7, 2016 (recording and presentation materials), this second webinar will take place February 8, 2017 and the third webinar later in 2017. Subscribe to AASHE's newsletters to receive further information regarding these webinars.

Webinar Date:
February 8, 2017, 2:00-3:00PM ET

AASHE is offering cost-free support for up to five campuses to develop and implement on-campus (or near campus) solar projects. Join this webinar to learn how the program works and how to apply for this support. Support will include site screening, stakeholder education, RFP development and support, and contract negotiation support. Cedar Valley College will present their case study on how they identified and evaluated their campus solar opportunities using the same support that will be available for up to five additional AASHE members.


Maria Boccalandro, Interim Dean of Instructional Support and Distance Education, Cedar Valley College
boccalandro.jpg Maria is a sustainable urban planner with a master's degree in urban transportation and a Ph.D. in political science from Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela. She has served as the Sustainability Program Director for Cedar Valley College in charge of planning, developing, coordinating and administrating the awareness activities and communities outreach in sustainability, including teaching responsibilities. Previously, Maria was the Sustainability Coordinator at Mountain View College. In her sustainability role, she has led CVC on its journey to carbon neutrality and integrating sustainability into all of its operational practices and curricula. Dr. Boccalandro has worked as a business consultant and facilitator in strategic planning and sustainable development for many years and also as an adjunct faculty member for more than 25 years for learning institutions in Latin America and the United States.

Dave Klockner, Chief Operating Officer, ENERActive Solutions
klockner.jpg Dave has over two decades of energy experience on over 1000 projects worth over $300 million in utility savings. He design-built the nation’s first commercial floating solar system in a freeze/thaw environment. Dave won a Project of the Year Award from AEE, and holds his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Chris O’Brien, Director of Higher Education Programs, Altenex
obrien.jpg Chris O’Brien is the Director of Higher Education Programs. He came to Altenex from American University where, as Director of Sustainability, he was responsible for the university's commitment to achieving climate-neutrality by the year 2020. While heading AU's sustainability office, Chris executed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for large-scale on and off-site renewable energy projects, including a 52 megawatt solar PV project, which was the largest non-utility PPA in higher education at the time. At Altenex, he shares his experience with other colleges and universities across North America, helping the higher education sector catalyze the transformation of America's electricity supply to clean and renewable sources. Chris teaches about energy, climate, carbon markets and sustainable purchasing in the Sustainability Management program at AU's Kogod School of Business. He is also a founding board director of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and serves on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) STARS Steering Committee.