Rarely a day goes by where energy is not making the headlines. Energy prices rise and fall with alarming rapidity, all too often ending higher rather than lower. These fluctuations together with growing fears over energy availability and environmental devastation are beginning to fundamentally change the way communities and entire economies operate. Following a brief overview of the economic, environmental and reliability aspects of energy around the world, the potential benefits to CSU that could accrue from taking a long-term integrated energy master planning approach will be presented.
Experiences from Europe and elsewhere will be explored that clearly show the benefits that accrue from breakthrough results in energy productivity, economic impact, and climate change mitigation. Capturing these will require significant changes both in how resources are planned and deployed and how all members of the campus population accept their vital role to play. As a major leader in their communities and state, CSU has the potential to be the catalyst to create a much wider change beyond its perimeter, while strengthening its academic offering and competitiveness as an institution.
We have all of the pressures and financial incentives, but not the policies, processes, and prevention tools that should be part of any organization with high ethical standards. In the past two years we have lost eight college and university presidents to scandals, both financial and political. Offices of financial aid are undergoing national reforms because of conflicts of interests uncovered in their operations. In everything from textbooks to sponsored credit cards, students, parents, alumni, and legislators are demanding accountability. Ethics can prevent these types of missteps and restore public trust in higher education.
The only constant today is CHANGE. With so many organizations focused on speed and getting tasks done faster, everyone must learn to thrive in a climate which is always shifting. In this keynote address, Dr. Tom Steiner will provide practical strategies to help you learn to love change: A 4-step model of change; what holds individuals and groups back from embracing change and what to do about it. Topics include: How groups change; the need to practice making changes before you have to, so you know how; enjoying the change process. This session will ENERGIZE you!