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Webinar: Climate Friendly Cooling Pledge and New Regulations Affecting Campuses: Opportunities and Implications

June 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT


Action is needed now by college staff in facilities, EHS, sustainability, student life, business offices, auxiliary services, housing, dining, planning and procurement.

In December 2020, Congress passed the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, a bipartisan bill that put the United States on the path to phase down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants nationwide. These refrigerants are greenhouse gases thousands of times more potent compared with carbon dioxide. And they’re everywhere: in refrigerators and mini-fridges, air conditioners, lab equipment, and vending machines.

The good news is Project Drawdown estimates that refrigerant management has the potential to reduce emissions by 57.75 gigatons of CO2eq through 2025. Other groups estimate that improved refrigerant management could generate $39 billion in economic benefits by 2027.

This webinar will feature experts on integrating refrigerant management best practices into student and staff initiatives, legislation impacting HVAC equipment, buying options for sustainable technologies, and leaders on programmatic responses.

Webinar brought to you by the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, the Yale Refrigerants Initiative and the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and its members: SCUP, AASHE, CSHEMA, APPA.

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Miranda Gorman, PhD – Senior Research Fellow, Industry, Project Drawdown 

Miranda is a climate scientist focusing on climate solutions in industry, including on refrigerant management. She will discuss the scientific foundation of refrigerants, and explain the research behind ranking refrigerant management as the #1 climate issue.

Jim Romanski – Power Plant Manager, Yale Office of Facilities

Jim will discuss the thrust behind refrigerant management on college campuses: why do we do it, and why do we care? As the facility manager responsible for containing and managing refrigerants at the Yale Central Power Plant, Jim will share his experiences in the field and the impact that good refrigerant management can have on university pocketbooks and on the climate.

Kristen Taddonio, Senior Climate and Energy Advisor at Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development

Kristen is a leader of the Climate Friendly Cooling Project, an initiative aimed at improving HVAC energy efficiency and better managing high-Global Warming Potential Refrigerants. She will cover the resources available to facilities managers and sustainability officers, such as sustainable refrigerator buying guides, and the Climate Friendly Cooling Pledge.

Laurie Husted – Chief Sustainability Officer, Bard College

Case study: Bard College’s work on refrigerant management. How can refrigerant management best practices be implemented on campus? Why are refrigerant inventories important, and what strategies can sustainability and facilities offices use?

Tilden Chao, Student, Yale College

Tilden is a student at Yale College studying economics and the environment, working toward a certificate in the Energy Studies Multidisciplinary Academic Program. He is passionate about climate change economics (emissions trading schemes, carbon pricing, and incentives), Short-Lived Climate Pollutants and refrigerant management, and corporate sustainability. On campus, Tilden direct the Yale Refrigerants Initiative, a grant-funded project aimed at reducing environmental impact from student mini-fridges and improving refrigerant management best practices in the university. He is an EPA Section 608-certified refrigerant handler, with Universal certification.


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June 2
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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