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Webinar: Is the Word “Net” Compromising True De-Carbonization?
January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ESTFree
Colleges and universities are relying upon “carbon accounting” that needs to be improved in order to meet our cardinal principle of evidence-based physical measurement. The physics of the grid—unless behind the meter—prevent tracking the physical delivery of an electron. New access to data and a logical evolution of the market may soon enable updating current guidelines to ensure measurement of our GHG impact on a more granular, precision basis. These new sources of information—including granular production data—will support an evolution in the way institutions make energy and energy content claims. This will inspire greater confidence in claims that consumed energy and carbon content of “fossil-free,” “carbon-free,” “zero-carbon,” or “green” are accurate. This session will explore emerging solutions that will enable environmentally responsible AASHE institutions to ensure our supporters, stakeholders, and public that our measurements of GHG emissions are evidence-based at a level comparable to our research standards.
Benjamin Gerber, President & Chief Executive Officer, M-RETS
Benjamin Gerber is the President and Chief Executive Officer of M-RETS. Under his leadership M-RETS developed and successfully implemented an industry leading environmental attribute registry across all North American Markets. The M-RETS platform brings unprecedented innovation to the industry as well as access to data in pioneering ways such as hourly production and the first ever hourly REC retirement in electricity markets and carbon pathway tracking for thermal markets.
Wendell Brase, Associate Chancellor – Sustainability, University of California, Irvine
Wendell Brase is the University of California, Irvine’s Associate Chancellor for Sustainability. In this role, he leads efforts by UC Irvine and assists other campuses throughout the UC system to implement UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative.
For 25 years, he provided leadership for an award-winning sustainability program in his role as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Services. UC Irvine received California’s highest environmental award, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, in 2008 and again in 2013; has earned numerous accolades for sustainability, including a 2009 Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Leadership Achievement Award and their 2014 Climate Leadership Award; has been on Sierra magazine’s Top 10 list of greenest campuses for the past twelve years, coming in at No. 1 in 2014, 2015, 2018, 2020 and first in the U.S. in 2019; and in 2018 and 2021, UCI was recognized by the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education with a STARS Platinum rating for its sustainability operations, academics, and research. The campus currently has 21 LEED Platinum and 11 LEED Gold buildings, among the most of any campus in the U.S.