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Webinar: Welcome and Unwelcome Surprises on the Path to Carbon-Neutrality
February 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ESTFree
For many colleges and universities, the commitment to carbon-neutrality was initially a pledge based upon a leap of faith that was judged too important to delay until a clear path was understood. Now we have more than a decade of effort behind us, which includes some pleasant surprises and some setbacks, and many lessons learned along the way. This presentation will take a candid look at what we have learned that will enable us to make course corrections and attain our commitment to carbon-neutrality.
Wendell Brase, Associate Chancellor – Sustainability, University of California, Irvine
Wendell Brase is the University of California, Irvine’s first 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. Brase co-chairs the University of California’s Global Climate Leadership Council.
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 ten years, coming in at No. 1 in 2014, 2015, 2018, and first in the U.S. in 2019; and in 2018, UCI was recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education with a STARS Platinum rating for its sustainability operations, academics, and research. The campus currently has 18 LEED Platinum and 10 LEED Gold buildings, among the most of any campus in the U.S.