2016 CSU Facilities Management Conference

Energy and Sustainability Track

Energy and Sustainability. In this track, we will explore the emergent and often intersecting domains of energy and sustainability. Attendees will gain perspective of the big picture issues such as state and federal policies and outside funding sources that can include public-private partnerships. The sessions will advance the campus journey towards sustainability goals by making sense of energy data in energy information systems and effectively communicating sustainability to divergent stakeholders to contribute to student success in a changing policy, regulatory, economic, and environmental climate.

Watch Where You’re Going: Energy Information Systems and the Future of Utility Management
Monday, October 17, 10:40 AM- 12:00 PM

The CSU's Energy Information System (EIS) is becoming the primary conduit for reporting energy and sustainability performance. EIS can also provide the capabilities at the campus level to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve efficiency. In this session, the Systemwide EIS implementation team and a pilot campus will share their successes and lessons learned from implementing and integrating EIS into campus energy and sustainability programs.

Ryan Hoest, Principal, EcoVox, Inc.
Kenny Seeton, Central Plant Operations Manager, CSU Dominguez Hills

Michael Clemson, Energy Program Manager, CSU Office of the Chancellor

Capital Project Criteria in a Carbon Constrained California
Monday, October 17, 1:30 PM- 2:50 PM

Energy use from buildings is a significant source of the CSU's carbon emissions. How can the capital program reduce emissions while continuing to serve a growing state? This session will discuss new policies and procedures to evaluate capital projects. We will cover the resources being developed to track and reduce energy use and state government policy changes, and demonstrate how to use these tools to build a more sustainable campus. We will compare the CSU's approach to carbon in the capital outlay program to other approaches used to evaluate capital investments for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and long-term resilience. Low-carbon development is the future of the CSU capital program.

Michael Clemson, Energy Program Manager, CSU Office of the Chancellor
Adrienne Greve, Associate Professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Aaron Klemm, Chief of Energy and Sustainability, CSU Office of the Chancellor

Social Sustainability and the Built Environment: Creating Campus Communities
Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

The social component of sustainability is often overlooked, although it plays a key role in shaping campus communities. Social equity and community are integral to the Living Building Challenge, which sets it apart from other green building certification systems. It is understood that sustainability is beyond just neutrality in energy, water, and carbon; it is the qualitative and subjective aspects of community that allow a society to flourish. This session will discuss strategies that create inclusivity, present case studies of existing educational projects, and examine practical ideas that can be implemented even on projects not pursuing certification through Living Building Challenge or other green building rating systems.


Jessie Buckmaster, Assistant Project Manager, Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company
Justin Di Palo, Energy Engineer, Glumac


Lacey Raak, Sustainability Director, CSU Monterey Bay

Engaging the Disengaged: Communicating Effectively on Climate and Sustainability
Tuesday, October 18, 9:10 AM - 10:10 AM

Sustainability champions face many challenges in inspiring the organizational and behavioral change necessary to achieve their goals. Developing an effective communication and outreach strategy is critical to success. Current research in the social and behavioral sciences can provide guidance to tailor this outreach to create successful sustainability campaigns. This session will explore various research and methods for engaging with diverse groups of stakeholders, achieving community buy-in, and inspiring lasting change.

James Danoff-Burg, Research Scientist, CSU San Marcos and Researcher,
New Knowledge Organization Ltd.

Jennifer Tabanico, President, Action Research


Erin Brewster, Sustainability Program Manager, CSU Office of the Chancellor

Campus Connectivity: Sustainable Transportation and Complete Streets
Tuesday, October 18, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Driving is only one of many methods CSU students use to reach campus; in fact, several campuses have a minority of students arriving by car. With changing transportation trends and the carbon neutrality goals of CSU campuses, it is both desirable and important to create "complete streets" to accommodate all forms of transportation. This session will explore tools to help campuses both: 1) facilitate the naturally occurring mode shift away from automobile-based commuting, and 2) drive the shift to more sustainable transportation options.

Bryan Jones, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
William Riggs, Assistant Professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Thomas Gaffery, Director, Parking and Transportation Services,
CSU San Bernardino