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Webinar: Putting an Award-Winning Climate Action Plan into Action
January 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ESTFree
Learn from Mt. San Antonio College’s (Mt. SAC) Sustainability Director and Sustainability Coordinator about how their college’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) has been put into action! Conventional climate action plans generally address greenhouse gas emissions and are focused on the three scopes of a campus’s carbon footprint. In contrast, the Mt. SAC Climate Action Plan is driven by a strong focus on curriculum implementation, professional development, community outreach, and student engagement.
The presenters will share how their team was able to develop an award-winning climate action plan and how they activated climate action plan goals over the last four years. Accomplishments include a sustainability professional development course for faculty, an environmental studies certificate for students, a student sustainability internship with industry leaders, and collaborative environmental stewardship projects with the surrounding community.
Mt. SAC proactively set ambitious targets for energy, waste, water, and transportation, with the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. This will position the campus ahead of the curve of climate action requirements set forth by the State of California and the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Examples of these endeavors include LEED-certified buildings, decarbonization of the campus grid, development of an on-site transportation hub, provision of outdoor teaching spaces, cultivation of a campus urban forest and sustainability gardens, and development of a campus reclaimed water system. Come to learn about how you can implement similar goals on your own campus!
|Eera Babtiwale, Director of Sustainability, Mt. San Antonio Community College
As an Associate Principal and Vice President of Sustainability at HMC Architects, Eera has co-lead sustainable efforts firm-wide, including the sustainability analysis for over 30 projects . Eera is a regular speaker at sustainability conferences and a member of BD+C magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016. She is also the Vice Chair of the Board and the Chair of Green Schools for U.S. Green Building Council Inland Empire, where she facilitates sustainability workshops for schools, and a Board Member of the HMC Designing Futures Foundation, where she delivers sustainability workshops for kids throughout Southern California.
|Tania Anders, Professor of Geosciences, Sustainability Coordinator, Academic Senate Co-Vice President, Mt. San Antonio College
As the Sustainability Coordinator for Mt. SAC, Tania is excited to lead the way supporting faculty with embedding sustainability into their curriculum. She regularly offers faculty professional development opportunities and has the dream of seeing sustainability taught across all divisions and disciplines of the campus. Her hope is that Mt. SAC will be able to offer a Sustainability Program for students in the near future. Tania has shown a professional interest in our planet’s past, present, and future for over 25 years. For her graduate studies she researched isotopic signals of marine micro-organisms and the stories they tell about climate change on Earth. Like many others, in her lifetime she has observed changes on our planet. Population numbers have more than doubled. She has seen the ice coverage over Greenland shrink from both above and on the ground. Through education she helps increasing awareness for a sustainable future and hopes that Earth will remain a wonderful home for many generations to come.