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CSULB to Host Campus Energy Efficiency Summit Jan. 30-31

Published: January 14, 2011

CSULB will host about 125 students and green energy experts from across the state for the 2011 Green Campus Energy Efficiency Summit on Jan. 30-31 at the Pointe in the Walter Pyramid on the CSULB campus.

The summit is in cooperation with the Alliance to Save Energy, which was born out of the oil embargo of the 1970s and is designed to improve the efficiency of America’s energy resources and ensure that more energy is not used than is necessary.

Attendees at the summit will be participants in the student-led Green Campus Program at CSULB and 15 other campuses statewide. The program builds partnerships between students, staff and faculty around the common goal of improving campus energy efficiency, reducing waste and encouraging the next generation of energy efficient professions.

The summit is designed to share best practices at a number of campuses, help prepare for careers in sustainability fields, learn more about emerging technologies, improve understanding of energy efficiency as it pertains to campus communities, offer training and help plan for the coming year and beyond.

Topics to be discussed include conducting energy audits including kitchen audits to achieve maximum savings on campus, identifying large retrofit projects, writing grant and best practice award applications, preparing for interviews and careers, creating effective newsletters and other publications, working with the media, using Microsoft Excel and Google effectively and recruiting volunteers. Green campus alumni will also return to share insights.

Dave Austin, executive director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers will be Kateri Callahan, president, Alliance to Save Energy, and F. King Alexander, president of CSULB. The event will also include an Energy Career Panel, featuring representatives from the Los Angeles County Office of Sustainability, BuildItGreen, Honeywell, PG&E and the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability.

\Part of the summit will include presentations on sustainability efforts underway at CSULB and other campuses and posters showcasing various campus project across the state.

According to event planners, under the current economic climate, energy efficiency is poised to be on the forefront of policy and 2011 brings a renewed impetus to forward energy efficiency to address climate change, pollutants, high energy prices, national security and energy security.

This marks the seventh annual Green Campus Summit, but the first hosted by CSULB, which joined the initiative in 2010. The program brings student interns together with campus sustainability experts to explore and implement new and existing energy efficiency methods.

The CSULB interns involved with Green Campus focus on promoting green workforce development, actualizing energy savings, and educating students, faculty, staff and the local community about the importance of energy efficiency. Their projects have included assessing and updating light sensors in classrooms, replacing current vending machines with more efficient models, and creating a month-long Energy Competition to get students to work together in teams to reduce their electric and gas consumption as much as possible compared to their usage the month before the competition.

–Ken Swisher